h7Comparing weekend warriors to inactive adults, researchers found that those who exercised just one or two days a week saw about a 30 percent lower risk of dying.

The risk of cardiovascular death for weekend warriors was 40 percent lower and the risk of cancer death was 18 percent lower than among inactive adults.

Similar effects were seen among insufficiently active people who got less than the recommended amount, and regularly active people who exercised three or more days per week.

Compared with the inactive participants, the risk of dying of any cause among insufficiently active participants was 31 percent lower, and 35 percent lower in regularly active participants.

Experts say physical exercise boosts health by lowering cholesterol, controlling weight gain, improving sleep patterns and reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.