WORK­OUT CHECK­LIST

TO­TAL EX­ER­CISE TIME TRUMPS FRE­QUENCY

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Whereas pre­vi­ous phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity guide­lines rec­om­mended that adults be ac­tive on most or all days of the week, the cur­rent guide­lines from the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion rec­om­mend that adults ac­cu­mu­late 150 min­utes or more per week, of mod­er­ate-to-vig­or­ous phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, with no rec­om­men­da­tion for fre­quency. Ian Janssen, from Queens Univer­sity (Canada), and col­leagues stud­ied 2,324 adults from across Canada, with subjects wear­ing ac­celerom­e­ters on their waists. The team de­ter­mined that adults who ac­cu­mu­lated 150 min­utes of ex­er­cise on a few days of the week were not any less healthy than adults who ex­er­cised more fre­quently through­out the week. The study au­thors con­clude that: “The fre­quency of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity through­out the week was not in­de­pen­dently as­so­ci­ated with Meta­bolic Syndrome among ac­tive adults. What the study shows is even 2 work­outs per week can of­fer the same benefits as work­ing out ev­ery day. Great news for those who have a busy sched­ule, you don’t have to be in the gym ev­ery night.

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