Now you do not have to
feel so guilty because you can't exercise as often as you wished. Here's good
The experts have
discovered that it is not the frequency but the total amount of exercise that
actually matters in your pursuits to stay fit.
Canadian scientists have found that people who exercised
for about 150 minutes in a week were as healthy as those adults who did workout
more frequently during the week.
Dr. Janssen and Janine
Clarke at the Queen's University, Toronto, studied 2,324 men and women in the
age group of 18 to 64 years. They assessed whether the frequency of physical
activity is associated with the causative factors for heart ailments, diabetes
Motion detectors or
were attached to the volunteers. The small electrical
accelerometer of the size of a small packet of matches can record 'how much a
person moves every minute'.
categorized the volunteers who exercised for more than 150 minutes per week
into two groups-those who exercised actively (did workout for five to seven
days a week) and those who were infrequently active (did workout for one to
four days a week).
They found that
volunteers in low frequency group were as healthy as those in the high
Dr Ian Janssen, the
lead researcher mentioned, "The findings indicate it does not matter how adults
choose to accumulate their 150 weekly minutes of physical activity."
So, it is more of how much
a person exercised rather than how often
that counts if you want to
remain healthy and fit.
Dr. Janssen further
said, "For instance, someone who did not perform any physical activity on
Monday to Friday but was active for 150 minutes over the week-end would obtain
the same health benefits from their activity as someone who accumulated 150
minutes of activity over the week by doing 20-25 minutes of activity on a daily
"The important message is that adults should aim to accumulate at least 150
minutes of weekly physical activity in whatever pattern that works for their
The Canadian study was published in the Journal
Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.