'Weekend warrior' activities may be better than nothing at all

June 29, 2012

Topic: Orthopaedics

Limiting physical activity to the weekend is not preferable, but may be better than nothing at all, according to experts.

Health-conscious Americans are growing more aware of the benefits of exercise. Not only does physical activity benefit the cardiovascular system, but it also maintains good flexibility and balance, helping individuals avoid orthopaedics problems due to joint pain.

However, a significant number of people feel that they are too busy to accommodate the 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week recommended by health experts. These individuals end up becoming what are colloquially known as "weekend warriors," who fit as much exercise as they can during the two days of the week they are away from work.

Some have questioned whether this practice, which has been connected to a risk of injury from overexertion, is adequate enough to support physical fitness.

"It's best to be physically active on a regular basis, but if you don't have the time, cramming your exercise into one to two days a week is better than doing nothing," Harvard University researcher I-Min Lee told USA Today.

Other experts suggested that people try to break up more of their exercise into 10-minute spurts throughout the week. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, this can be done by walking the dog, using the stairs instead of the elevator and parking the car far away from one's final destination.

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