It is the amount, not the frequency that matters when it comes to exercise, claims experts

A single exercise session of 150 minutes per week is just as valuable as several sessions totalling 150 minutes each week, according to new data from Canada.

The researchers from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, looked at data from 2.325 adults throughout the country to see how exercise frequency can impact health benefits.
The study, reported in the journal “Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism”, had research participants wear accelerometers on their waists which record how much a person moves every minute, reports

Dr Ian Janssen, a researcher from the study, revealed that someone who did not perform physical exercise on Monday to Friday but was active for 150 minutes over the weekend would obtain the same health benefits as someone who accumulated 150 minutes of activity by doing 20-25 minute sessions every day. Amongst the benefits: blood pressure control, prevention against heart diseases, improvement in mood. In other words, what counts in exercise is how much, rather than how often,

Dr. Janssen highlights the important conclusion of the study: “The findings indicate that it does not matter how adults choose to accumulate their 150 weekly minutes of physical activity”.”The important message is that adults should aim to accumulate at least 150 minutes of weekly physical activity in whatever pattern that works for their schedule”, added the doctor.

Bron: Technogym


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