Sports only on weekend? Stay fit with the Weekend Warrior Lifestyle!


IBS Publishing Team

Are you one of those people who don’t have much time during the week for sports? Then there is some good news. A new study from Great Britain shows: To have a positive effect on your health, it is enough to become a warrior at the weekend only.

What is a Weekend Warrior?

A Weekend Warrior is defined as someone who puts the recommended two and a half hours of exercise per week into just two days of his schedule, often with physically strenuous activities such as running. It’s no secret that the time you spend training has fallen, but a recent study has shown that most of us only set ourselves an average of 17 minutes of exercise a day. But we’d spend an estimated 10 hours in front of the screen.
We say now: Let’s go! Overcome the inner pig and lets go in our sports gear. British sports physicians at Loughborough University have discovered that ‘weekend warriors’, who only sweat on weekends, can also score points when it comes to health. The main thing is to move at all!

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Weekend: Finally enough time to sweat!
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But be careful!

Increased risk of injury is the biggest disadvantage when it comes to training hard only on weekends. Sprains and strains are not a foreign word for the Weekend Warrior at the beginning, as the body is not used to this kind of stress. Weak muscles combined with inexperience in the chosen sport plus fatigue cause most injuries.

Fighting pays

Gary O’Donovan, lead investigator of the study, told the journal JAMA Internal Medicine‘: “The typical ‘Weekend Warrior’, who does his sports for one or two days, also reduces his risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and premature death. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that only one or two training sessions per week are sufficient to reduce all-cause mortality in participants without major risk factors. So what are you waiting for?

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The result should please all those who pick up their sports gear only twice a week. The positive health effects were the same for the ‘Weekend Warriors’ and for people who have fitness more than three times a week on their agenda. Those who have hardly any time during the week because of everyday stress, can relax confidently after a long working day. Prerequisite: You have a good workout at the weekend!

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