Is 150 minutes the magic workout number?
If you ever feel guilty about cramming your workout into a couple of sessions rather than spreading it out during the week, experts say not to worry. The health benefits are the same as long as you go for 150 minutes.
Researchers at Queen’s University, Ontario, say adults who accumulate 150 minutes of exercise on just a few days are “not any less healthy than adults who exercised more frequently throughout the week.”
“The findings indicate that it does not matter how adults choose to accumulate their 150 weekly minutes of physical activity,” says Dr. Ian Janssen in a news release. “For instance, someone who did not perform any physical activity on Monday to Friday but was active for 150 minutes over the weekend 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 basis.”
All of the study participants exercised at least 150 minutes. The subjects then were divided into those who were active at least five days a week and the others who were active from one to four days per week. The resulting health benefits were the same, study leaders said.
Some sports medicine specialists any exercise, whether it’s more or less than 150 minutes or not, is better than being sedentary
Ed Bendoraitis, exercise physiologist at Advocate Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center in Downers Grove, Ill, believes that fitting a cardio workout into your day, no matter the length, is important for heart health.
“Whether you squeeze in short workouts throughout the day or have the time to do a 30-45 minute workout, you are taking steps to better your health,” he says. “Exercise helps control your blood pressure and can help prevent against future heart disease.”
About the Author
health enews staff is a group of experienced writers from our Advocate Aurora Health sites, which also includes freelance or intern writers.