Weekend Exercise?

by / Monday, 23 June 2014 / Published in Health News

Exercising occasionally is better than never exercising at all.  The stereotypical weekend warrior who only has a chance to work out on the weekends, is less likely to die prematurely than those who remained sedentary.

Weekend warriors also can attain a surprising degree of cardiovascular fitness.  Those who began vigorous endurance training on weekends were as fit after 12 weeks as those who worked out more moderately five times a week.

But of course there are downsides to sporadic exercise. Weekend warriors tend to suffer acute tears and sprains more often than consistent exercisers.  A more serious concern involves the heart.  Like any muscle, it can be overtaxed by sudden, unusual demands, so people who exercise intermittently may put themselves at a relatively high risk for a heart attack compared to frequent exercisers.

Regular workouts reduce a person’s overall risk for cardiac arrest, but any single bout of exercise, especially by weekend warriors, increases the risk of a heart attack at that moment.  Acute cardiac events are significantly associated with episodic physical and sexual activity, but this declined if activity was more habitual.

So, for your heart’s sake, make physical and sexual activity a habit and not just on the weekends.  Although just the weekends if better than nothing at all.

Manhattan Wellness Group promotes health and well being through chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture.