Just 2 Days A Week

January 10, 2017

People who pack their workouts into one or two sessions a week lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often. New research says even people who get less exercise than recommended have less risk than people who don't bother to break a sweat at all.

U.S. and global guidelines call for 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week, ideally spread out so you get some on most days. Researchers at Loughborough University in England used surveys by trained interviewers on nearly 64-thousand adults in England and Scotland from 1994 to 2008. By last year, 8,802 had died. Participants were grouped according to how much exercise they said they got the preceding month.

CBS News says the results showed that the risk of dying was about 30 percent lower in weekend warriors and insufficient exercisers versus those who were inactive. Regular exercisers lowered their risk a little more, by 35 percent. Any amount of activity helped cut the risk of dying of heart disease by about 40 percent, compared to being a couch potato.