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Those of us who want to stay fit and healthy strive to do 150 minutes of exercise per week, typically spread over a few days. However, recent findings show that doing all your week’s exercise at the weekend alone could be just as effective for your health.

According to NHS guidelines, adults between 16 and 64 should aim to complete 150 minutes of moderate workouts or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise over four or five days to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

However, recent research published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal followed 350,000 people over ten years to determine whether it was any less beneficial to complete the exercise quota in just one or two days.

The results revealed those who are ‘weekend warriors’ have the same mortality risk as those who spread out their 150 minutes over seven days.

Speaking with the BBC, Joanne Whitmoore, senior cardiac nurse from the British Heart Foundation, stated: “When it comes to exercise, it doesn’t matter when you do it. The most important thing is that physical activity is undertaken in the first place.”

She stated that exercise works by making participants breathe harder and the heart beat faster, which lowers the risk of CVD.

This study follows a similar survey from 2017, which looked at 64,000 adults over the age of 40 in England and Scotland, BBC News reported.

Researchers from Loughborough University and the University of Sydney determined that those who did two weekend sessions lowered their risk of dying from CVD by 41 per cent and cancer by 18 per cent, compared with 41 per cent and 21 per cent for those who exercised three or more days a week.

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