Is Working Out Once a Week Really Enough?

October 20, 2022 by
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A decade-long study that included more than 350,000 American adults published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that cramming all of your working out into just one or two sessions a week is as healthy as working out multiple times throughout the week. 

Or at least, that’s how the mainstream media interpreted and reported on the study.

  • What Vice reported: “Good news for those of you who absolutely cba with exercise: people who cram their workout into one or two sessions per week are protecting their health just as much as those who exercise throughout the week…So there you go. As long as you’re moving, don’t worry too much about working out every day.”
  • What Outside Magazine reported: “New research suggests that exercising only once or twice a week can deliver similar health benefits as more frequent workouts.”
  • What CNN reported: “Weekend warriors are lowering their risk of early death, study says.”
  • What the Montreal Gazette reported: “As to whether weekend warriors can count on the same impressive scale of health benefits as those who accumulate exercise minutes over several days, most of the research suggests that the mortality rates of both groups of exercisers are similar.”

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