Weekend warriors can still prevent disease, according to a new study, even if they pack their workouts into a couple of days. As claimed by the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults should get 150 minutes of physical activity per week and two days of muscle-strengthening activities. When you try to spread that out over the course of a week, it can become overwhelming. Physically active people have lower mortality rates than inactive people, based on a study published on July 5, 2022, in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, whether they are active only on weekends or more frequently.

The study’s lead author, Leandro Rezende, an adjunct professor of epidemiology in the department of preventive medicine at the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, said that there was no significant difference in all-cause or cause-specific mortality between regular exercisers and weekend warriors as long as they got the same amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week. As specified by Dana Santas, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and mind-body coach in professional sports, they understandably do not want to sacrifice much-needed sleep by waking up early or lose valuable family dinner time by going to the gym immediately after work.