Number of minutes most important when exercising

Avatar for cmkarla
Registered: 01-03-2001
Number of minutes most important when exercising
Sun, 07-14-2013 - 11:29am

According to Health Day, the number of times you work out each week isn't as important as the amount of time you work out. "Good news for weekend warriors: The number of times you exercise in a week isn't as important as getting the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at more than 2,300 Canadian adults to determine if their exercise frequency affected their risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The participants were classified as either frequently active (five to seven days a week) or infrequently active (one to four days a week).

People who did 150 minutes of exercise on just a few days of the week were no less healthy than those who worked out more often, according to the study published recently in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism." read more

Your thoughts?


Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 07-15-2013 - 8:46am
Interesting. I would like to read the details of the study to provide better analysis. It doesn't seem to make intuitive sense. For example, it is commonly known that exercise helps the body store sugars, so exercising reduces glucose levels in diabetics. Therefore, I would think that continuous exercise would be best for a diabetic, and not just once a week. But, this study Refutes that. Well, it's all good. Everybody just needs to exercise in general.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 07-15-2013 - 4:44pm

I was thinking the same thing about blood sugar. They've shown that working out every day helps maintain blood sugar but it has to be daily and it's most controlled in the two hour window post-exercise. Although, this study looked at a healthy population? It also didn't say what "a few times a week" vs "more often" meant.  And, it didn't talk about intensity. I'd be surprised if someone who did HIIT five days a week was not far healthier than someone who did 150 minutes of walking one day. But, who cares--just move!

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 07-16-2013 - 12:09pm

Reposting because I was told I'm not authorized to post.  There was this article in the Washington Post that said, even if you do work out, if you're sedentary the rest of the time, it doesn't matter. Tough for office workers.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-12-2013
Mon, 08-12-2013 - 2:06am

That is going to be a good news for those people who are having an hard times on getting fit.Me i am working out like an hour a day in Finland and it is recommend of my personal trainer which i strictly follow in order for me to achieve my goal on being fit but have some muscles.