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One-Day Exercise: Is It Safe to Be a Weekend Warrior?

tennisby Rita Beckford, M.D.

Q. Can you pack all your exercise for the week into the weekend?

A. Not a good idea. This concept has been so popular that there has even been a name given to people making the noble attempt: “weekend warriors.” But it doesn’t work so well for a couple of reasons.

  1. You need time to rest: 24 hours between cardiovascular sessions, to give your muscles a chance to recover, and 48 hours between weight-training the same muscle groups, allowing the muscles to build back up.
  2. When people overexert themselves, sprains and strains are more likely to occur, resulting in days to weeks of being unable to work out.

Remember the tortoise and the hare. There are no shortcuts.


Board-certified family docotor RITA BECKFORD, M.D., is the host of the fitness and weight-loss DVD Home With Dr. B, a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, and a spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise.


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Last updated and/or approved: August 2010.
Originally appeared in the winter 2006 issue of the former print magazine. Bio current as of that issue. This health-care information is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.
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