Reading yet another piece on an exercise study, this one with older (60-74 years) sedentary women, I giggled at this observation:
“They complained to us that working out six times a week took too much time,” Dr. Hunter says. They did not report feeling fatigued or physically droopy. Their bodies were not producing excessive levels of cytokines, sending invisible messages to the body to slow down.
Rather, they felt pressed for time and reacted, it seems, by making choices like driving instead of walking and impatiently avoiding the stairs.
As noted in the study abstract, the groups working out twice or four times a week (half strength training and half aerobics) had about the same physical improvement as the group working out six times a week, and became a bit less active overall than the other 2 groups. And, of course, this is about averages and older women, and individuals vary. But it’s nice to see recognition that you don’t have to work out every day to have useful strength or endurance results. Or that people might have things to do besides exercise.