Is Infrequent Cardio Better, Or Worse, Than Not Exercising?

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    Jun 23, 2014 1:31 AM GMT
    NYT: By and large, exercising occasionally is better than never exercising at all. According to a telling 2004 study, men who worked out only on weekends — the stereotypical weekend warrior — were less likely to die prematurely than those who remained sedentary.

    But of course there are downsides to sporadic exercise. Weekend warriors tend to suffer acute tears and sprains more often than consistent exercisers (although they are less likely to develop overuse injuries). A more serious concern involves the heart. Like any muscle, it can be overtaxed by sudden, unusual demands, so people who exercise intermittently may put themselves at a relatively high risk for a heart attack compared to frequent exercisers or even to themselves when sedentary.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/ask-well-weekend-warriors/?_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=health&_r=0
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    Jun 23, 2014 4:26 PM GMT
    Infrequent exercisers can minimize potential heart problems by sticking to their usual routine until they're ready to increase its frequency and intensity. The issue comes up a lot for people on the verge of retirement, as I am. Because of work, I can't always get to the pool every other day to swim my 1500m, so when I can, I do just that. But, once retired, I'll step it up gradually in terms of frequency, distance, and intensity as I work back to the alternate day ideal. Same for bicycing, which is my other joy; start out slowly at first until the muscles I worked so hard when I was younger recognize and regain their familiar pattern of use. It'll take some time - probably around 45-60 days - but it'll be worth it, and I won't overtax myself in the process.
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    Jun 23, 2014 4:52 PM GMT
    Regular exercise is a must. It is as essential as eating food. Exercise stimulates muscle repair/growth and bones require flexure to stimulate the manufacture of hormones and blood cells in the marrow. However, exercise should not be routine, mix it up.
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    Jun 24, 2014 1:38 AM GMT
    I don't think working out on weekends should be considered to be sporadic. It may not be as frequent as a lot of our routine, but it's still on a regular basis.
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    Jun 24, 2014 6:27 AM GMT
    Regular exercise is better, and lessons the chance of sudden death, and injury, with the weekend warrior.

    That being said, HIIT, in as little as 28 minutes, ... that's 7 4 minute sessions can MARKEDLY improve your cardiac health. I didn't mumble. Just 7 4 minute sessions can improve your EKG. That's not very much time.

    Can you give 4 minutes a day for your life?
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    Jun 24, 2014 6:29 AM GMT
    sweetyork saidI don't think working out on weekends should be considered to be sporadic. It may not be as frequent as a lot of our routine, but it's still on a regular basis.


    Weekend warriors tend to get a lot of injuries because they just don't have the conditioning of a consistent athlete.

    It's best to do at least 4 times a week. 6 or 7 is even better. Ideally, 2 sessions, every day, can make HUGE improvements in both your mental and physical health.
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    Jun 24, 2014 8:52 PM GMT
    There is no possible way that doing no exercise would ever be better. Sporadic or weekend exercises is definitely better than none at all.
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    Jun 25, 2014 5:17 AM GMT
    kevjo saidThere is no possible way that doing no exercise would ever be better. Sporadic or weekend exercises is definitely better than none at all.


    This was exactly my thought. When would not going for a run ever be better than going for a run at least once a week?
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    Jun 28, 2014 5:12 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidNYT: By and large, exercising occasionally is better than never exercising at all. According to a telling 2004 study, men who worked out only on weekends — the stereotypical weekend warrior — were less likely to die prematurely than those who remained sedentary.
    Define "prematurely."

    Is that like dying before you're actually dead? If that's the case, then sedentary people are...UNDEAD! icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 01, 2014 5:41 PM GMT
    kevjo saidThere is no possible way that doing no exercise would ever be better. Sporadic or weekend exercises is definitely better than none at all.


    Not if it gives you a heart attack.