Desk jockey during the week, fitness fiend on the weekends. If that describes your exercise pattern, you probably belong to the weekend warrior tribe.
“A weekend warrior is anyone who doesn’t have a regular exercise routine, who doesn’t go to the gym five times a week, but who tries to do something active occasionally,” says Amol Saxena, DPM, a sports medicine and podiatry specialist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
You might think of weekend warriors as middle-aged and older folks who friend-up on Saturdays or Sundays to play tennis, take long hikes or golf. But age has nothing to do with it, Dr. Saxena says. In fact, many weekend warriors are high-school kids who don’t play organized sports. “These kids want to get out of the house, so they’ll go shoot baskets or skateboard,” he says.