By Chris Marshall-Bell published
If you're a weekend warrior who rides your bike on Saturdays and Sundays only, you'll no doubt be pleased to read that a new study has shown that you're reaping the same benefits as those who also ride their bike during the week.
Research of 64,000 adults showed that those who do exercise on just one or two days a week have as low a risk of dying as those who are active on three days or more per week.
The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine found that people exercising one or two days a week - typically for 300 minutes (2 x 2 1/2 hour bike rides) - saw a 30 percent reduction in risk of death - the same as those who worked out three or more times a week.
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Rick of cardiovascular death was 40 percent lower and risk of death by cancer was 18 percent lower than those who are inactive.
“It is very encouraging news that being physically active on just one or two occasions per week is associated with a lower risk of death, even among people who do some activity but don’t quite meet recommended exercise levels,” said senior author Emmanuel Stamatakis, associate professor at the University of Sydney.
“However, for optimal health benefits from physical activity it is always advisable to meet and exceed the physical activity recommendations.”
The research was carried out on British people, 90 percent of whom were white. They were aged 40 and above and had been followed for an average of nine years.
Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.
Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.
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