A win for weekend warriors?

Exercising just one or two days a week may lower the odds of dying of heart disease.

Published: April, 2017

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If you find it difficult to fit a workout into your daily schedule, here's some encouraging news: exercising even just once or twice a week appears to help your heart, new research suggests.

The findings, which were based on the self-reported exercise habits of more than 63,500 people, were published March 6, 2017, in JAMA Internal Medicine. Among people who exercised enough to meet federal physical activity recommendations, those who did all their exercise on one or two days a week — so-called weekend warriors — had 40% lower risk of death from heart disease than people who were inactive (see "Exercise patterns: How much do time and intensity matter?").

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