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The underappreciated health benefits of being a weekend warrior

February 16, 2017

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. … See Full Bio
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Sahir Raj
February 24, 2017

The post is really very great source of knowledge about my fitness. I’ve been working out for loosing weight of 5 pounds within 15 days. This is very good post for me because I am also a Weekend Warrior. But I am working constantly for about a week. I have a little back pain. So I would like to know how can I remove My workout problems ?

February 18, 2017

Right now I am a weekend warrior. I work out in a gym and do mostly cardio and stretching. I cant imagine that doing nothing at all would be the same as getting 2 hours of cardio a week (more when there are holidays) and 104 more hours of cardio a year than if I did nothing.

I think the other thing that I dont recall seeing mentioned is consistency. If you consistently work out EVERY weekend year-round for many years you will be far better off.

February 17, 2017

Dynamic stretching before exercise or sports, static stretching after. The reader can do research and see that this is best practice.

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