The Weekend-Only Exercise Plan
The New York Times reports on ways to get the most out of your weekend exercise routine in an interview with experts including Max Castrogaleas, MA, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, EP-C, FRCms, exercise physiologist at HSS.
Conventional wisdom says that you need at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week to stay healthy. For many, that means every weekday. But studies over the past few years suggest that working out just on the weekend can offer comparable health benefits, if you block off enough time and the exercise is intense enough.
Castrogaleas suggested working on your upper body on Saturday and lower body on Sunday (or vice versa).
“Mix it up,” he said, “so you're not overstressing any one muscle group.”
After the workout, continue moving for a few minutes to allow your body to cool down – walking around the gym or block should do it. And be proactive about helping your muscles recover. “Every time you work out, you break down muscle tissue," Castrogaleas said.
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