Exercise procrastinators take heart. A new study suggests "people who cram all their exercise into one or two sessions at the weekend benefit nearly as much as those who work out more frequently," according to The Guardian. The findings from said study, conducted by researchers at England's Loughborough University, "will reassure people who find it hard to make time for a daily exercise routine and opt instead to break a sweat once or twice a week in the hope of keeping fit," the publication posits.
That may be good news for weekend workout warriors. But what about those of us whose idea of weekend fun is more about watching football than playing it? We turned to the Healthy Lifestyle section on mayoclinic.org for some tips to work workouts into any old day.
An article on overcoming barriers to regular exercise offers a solid, if lengthy, list — from finding time for exercise to keeping it interesting. Here are a handful of our favorites.
To that last point, keep in mind the benefits of regular physical activity. "Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, boost your health, and have fun," not to mention managing your weight, according to Mayo's website. To get those benefits, aim for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. Whether you get those minutes in during the week or over the weekend is up to you.
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