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How Many Times A Week Are You Supposed To Exercise?

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happy-exercise-ladyScience finally has an answer to the age old exercise question: “how often do I have to put myself through this?”

If you're working out to reduce your risk of metabolic syndrome, as long as you're getting the recommended amount of time weekly, it may not matter how many times a week you work out. That's what science is saying now.

According to a study conducted by researchers from Queen's University in Ontario, 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise is all it takes to lower your risk of metabolic syndrome. It doesn't matter if you do the 150 minutes all in one go or if you break it up into smalle bits. Metabolic syndrome is scary, The Huffington Post describes metabolic syndrome as a “known risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, and includes a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and having a large waistline.”

Here are the basics of the study, which was published in the Journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism:

  • The researchers used accelerometers to measure the exercise habits of 2,324 Canadian adults ages 18 to 64 over a seven-day period.
  • All of the participants had been included the 2007 to 2011 cycles of the Canadian Health Measures Survey.
  • The physically active and inactive participants were separated
  • The former were “assigned to either work out at a moderate-to-vigorous level for five or more days a week for 30 or more minutes, or for one to four days a week for 30 or more minutes.”

They found that among those physically active participants “the ones assigned to work out five or more days a week had a lower odds of metabolic syndrome than those who worked out one to four times a week. However, researchers noted that the difference was not significant” suggesting that frequency of exercise throughout a weeklong period is not as critical as total weekly volume of exercise.

Researcher and most Canadian name-haver, Dr. Ian Janssen urges adults to “aim to accumulate at least 150 minutes of weekly physical activity in whatever pattern that works for their schedule.” Finally, we are all free from the “30 minutes of physical activity a day” tyranny imposed on us since elementary school.

Story via Huffington Post