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by Mark Zalewski
January 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI amends WorldTour rules for teams, events; Callum Skinner: ‘TUEs distracting from issue of doping’; Kiwi Dion Smith replaces Westra on Wanty Groupe-Gobert; Contador on retirement: ‘race to race and year to year to decide my future’; Many top Dutch riders skipping Amstel Gold Race; Boeckmans honoured at Vuelta presentation; Mathieu van der Poel to miss Sunday’s World Cup; Tickets flying out the door for Cyclocross Worlds; Study finds ‘weekend warriors’ have similar mortality risk as more frequent exercisers; Video: Axeon Hagens Berman team camp; Video: Lossless TV.
New research shows that exercising for two days, such as only on the weekends, versus three or more, has a similar effect on mortality rates. A study of nearly 64,000 adults showed that those who exercise one or two days per week have a similar mortality risk as those who are active for three days or more per week.
“In response to the question of whether activity can wait for the weekend, the short answer is perhaps, because [the study shows] a lower mortality risk with a compressed activity pattern,” said an analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.
“Still, further mortality benefit was observed with more frequent activity, and individuals may have to consider other health outcomes (eg, mental health, diabetes, etc) and individual constraints (eg, time, access, etc) in deciding which activity patterns work best for them.”
“The encouraging news emerging from this new report is that for those who exercise less frequently, meeting the guidelines minimum in only 1 to 2 sessions per week yields some mortality benefit.”
Of course, to consider the other important aspect of exercise, to beat your friends on the weekend group rides, more cycling is better than less.
Click through to read more at the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.