If you're someone who loves to exercise and post about it all over Instagram, then more power to you. There's nothing quite like seeing your friends constantly talk about their workout routine to get you motivated... or not. If you're anything like me, then all of those pictures might make you a little bit jealous and a little bit annoyed because you just can't seem to find the time to keep a consistent workout routine. Well, there's good news: A new study has revealed that you only need ONE day of exercise to reap all of the usual benefits associated with physical activity. Hooray!
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Here's the deal: According to Glamour, researchers at Longhborough University in England looked at four groups of exercisers from 1994 to 2012. They examined people who did not work out during the week but hit it hard over the weekend, those who worked out a couple times a week, those who spread out their workouts and those who didn't exercise at all.
The results, which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, revealed that those "weekend warriors" (and those other two groups who exercised) had lower risks of heart disease and cancer as well as lower death rates overall. In what is basically obvious, those that didn't work out did NOT see any health benefits. Basically, what all of this means is that exercising just once a week can have plenty of disease preventing benefits as well as mental health benefits. It's good news for those of us who don't like to make time to get out of bed early for that morning workout during the week. In order to reap all of the benefits of exercise while only working out once a week, read on for our 10 best tips.