What’s Your Frequency?

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In a perfect world, you’d have your workouts spaced evenly throughout the week with purposely planned training and rest days. But in the real world, this isn’t always possible. Sometimes your intentions for the ideal Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday workout week is revised to a Wednesday-Saturday-Sunday schedule for any number of reasons. Good news: Researchers at Canada’s Queen’s University say either scenario is fine. Results from a study of more than 2,000 adults found that people who exercised 150 minutes in only a few days during the week were just as healthy as those who worked out more frequently. In fact, Dr. Ian Janssen, leader of the study, went so far as to say that 150 minutes of exercise done only on the weekend would deliver the same health benefits as spreading out the activity Monday through Friday. For more competitive benefits — i.e., preparing for a physique competition — we recommend working out more than twice a week. But during especially hectic times, fitting in your training any way you can will suffice.