Being a Weekend Warrior Has Its Benefits

Most of us are stuck at a desk all week. We stare out windows or at cubicle walls, watching the golden beams of sunlight streaming just beyond reach. We daydream about the impending weekend, when we can finally be free. But what does freedom mean for your weekends? Does it mean snuggling into the couch and practicing self-care? Maybe.

But there are others who decide to make up for their sedentary lifestyles by turning the dial up to 11, packing their bags and going all out physical on the weekends. These are the weekend warriors.

We all know a weekend warrior; someone who goes on epic weekend excursions nearly every Friday to Sunday, whether it is a century ride on their road bike, a 2 day backpacking excursion or hours spent in the gym. Weekend warriors can be easily spotted on Monday morning when they limp in to work, unable to lift their arms or climb up one step of stairs without wincing with soreness.

It may seem like an unhealthy way to exercise; sitting all week and then pushing yourself to your very limits on the weekends. In fact, it can be argued that it is. The weekend warrior exercise modality encourages injury. The body simply cannot go from zero to sixty without any sort of regular flexibility or strength training. The human body is incredible, but it gets stiff and rusty if it doesn’t get used regularly. Stiff and rusty muscles and tendons snap and pull far more easily than supple ones.

However, if the weekend warrior follows a small exercise program during the week, this type of lifestyle may actually boast tremendous health benefits. Research published on the Harvard Health suggests that this intense type of lifestyle may decrease the risk of death from cancer (18 percent reduced), cardiovascular disease (40 percent reduced) and other causes.

Since the average weekend warrior commits to 75 to 150+ minutes of strenuous exercise one or two days a week, warrioring helps you exceed your weekly exercise requirements all in one fell swoop. While many Americans don’t reach the recommended exercise goal of 75+ minutes a week, warriors are getting it all at once. Because of this, studies have shown that weekend warriors have a 30 percent reduced risk of death overall compared to adults who are mostly sedentary, even though they spend all 5 week days mostly seated.

Previously, scientists though exercise had to be regular in order for one to reap longterm benefits. But, the aforementioned research seems to suggest that as long as you push yourself to your limit a couple of days a week, a generally sedentary lifestyle won’t have such a devastating effect on your body and health. Fitness is all about use it or lose it.

If you keep yourself moderately fit and flexible throughout the workweek, crushing adventures like a warrior on the weekend is a great way to get moving and see awesome things. Not to mention that you’ll be full of endorphins from your fantastic weekend, which will plaster a smile on your face through those dreaded Monday and Tuesday mornings.

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William C
William C9 months ago

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W. C10 months ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

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Jerome S
Jerome S1 years ago

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Marie W
Marie W1 years ago

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Melania P
Melania P1 years ago

Sedentary life is bad, really bad for our health. Thanks for posting

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Jerome S
Jerome S1 years ago

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Jim Ven1 years ago

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Carl R1 years ago

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