Why Weekend Warriors Might Choose Their Battles More Wisely (New York Times)

Exercise ballHere we are on the cusp of a long holiday weekend, with time not only to celebrate our nation’s birth, but to get in some extra running, cycling, hiking, or play monster match-ups on the courts, courses and fields.

Those who put themselves through rigorous training on the weekends are indeed better off than people who are totally sedentary — but (you knew there was a “but” coming) they can be at greater risk for heart attacks and muscle tears than those who make a habit of moderate exercise, says The New York Times.

These “weekend warriors” are more likely to overtax muscles, the heart included, by exercising sporadically and vigorously, since exercise puts the heart at a greater risk for heart attack during activity but a decreased risk overall. Celebrate — and exert — responsibly.

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