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Weekend Warriors, Rejoice: Why You Can Still Benefit From Exercise

Busy work schedules, school schedules or raising a family can make it a challenge to fit in the recommended 30 minutes of exercise five days each week. But a new study shows that cramming in all of your weekly exercise on the weekends may still be doing your body some good.

The study, by researchers from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, analyzed household-based surveys of 63,591 men and women age 40 and older who were living in Scotland and England from 1994 to 2012.

The researchers found that people who put in one or two sessions a week of 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity or 150 minutes of moderate exercise were less likely to die from all causes, cancer or cardiovascular disease than inactive adults.

These so-called weekend warriors’ risk of dying from all causes was roughly 30 percent less than it was for inactive adults. Their risk of dying from cancer was 18 percent lower, and their risk of cardiovascular disease death was about 40 percent lower.

Current health recommendations call for 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise every week.

Move your body, improve your health

The study is important for those who can only hit the gym on the weekends and wonder if it’s doing any good, says sports cardiologist Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD. Dr. Phelan did not take part in the study.

“There’s a lot of people who just can’t get to exercise during the week, particularly young people with family who work long hours,” Dr. Phelan says. “This study really confirms that exercise — even if it’s just on the weekends — is important, and you can reap a big benefit from that.”

The study has a few limitations, the researchers say. The conclusions relied on people’s reports of their own physical activity levels, and it’s unclear whether their reports were always accurate.

In addition, the researchers assessed physical activity just once, at the beginning of the study, and so the researchers don’t know if people changed their exercise habits later on during the study period.

However, Dr. Phelan says, the findings are consistent with what other studies have shown: Moving your body can save and prolong your life.

Any exercise is good

Even if you exercise less than the recommended weekly amount, the study shows that you can still expect a dramatic reduction in health risks. And it doesn’t matter whether you do all your weekly exercise on the weekends or spread it out over the entire week.

That’s good news for those of us who are still working toward hitting those physical activity goals.

“Any exercise is better than no exercise,” Dr. Phelan says. “This has been shown over and over again: physical inactivity is a killer.”

So don’t let the inability to exercise vigorously most days of the week be a reason to avoid physical activity entirely, Dr. Phelan says.

“We really need to try to get out there — whatever it is that we’re able to fit into our week,” Dr. Phelan says. “If we can do our exercise only on the weekend, that still counts.”

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/01/weekend-warriors-rejoice-why-you-can-still-benefit-from-exercise/


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Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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