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Infographic: The ‘weekend warrior’ physical activity pattern and mortality
  1. Gary O’Donovan1,
  2. I-Min Lee2,3,
  3. Mark Hamer1,4,
  4. Emmanuel Stamatakis4,5
  1. 1 School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  2. 2 Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  3. 3 Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  4. 4 Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London, UK
  5. 5 Charles Perkins Centre, Prevention Research Collaboration, School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gary O’Donovan, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK; g.odonovan{at}

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Our study about the ‘weekend warrior’ physical activity pattern and mortality1 was one of the most talked about studies of 2017.2 Here we offer an infographic summarising the results of our study. The English and Spanish versions of the infographic were created in collaboration with Yann Le Meur of YLMSportScience (

Those who choose to do all their exercise on 1 or 2 days of the week have been termed ‘weekend warriors’.3 Data from the Harvard Alumni Health Study suggest that all-cause mortality risk might be lower in weekend warriors than …

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  • Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Author note This infographic is based on a study by the authors (JAMA Internal Medicine 2017;177:335–42).