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I came across a word for that meaning once but it just slipped my mind. All I remember now is this incomplete example

Regular exercise is better than ...... strenuous exercise.

I'm not sure if the word I saw is an adverb, because I don't remember the exact example. I'm glad with any words regardless of parts of speech.

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  • If you'd settle for a phrase, you could say "a burst of".
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Nov 4, 2020 at 3:42
  • Possible antonyms of regular: occasional, sporadic, irregular, infrequent. Commented Nov 4, 2020 at 13:57

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Regular exercise is better than (occasional) bouts of strenuous exercise.

bout - a short period of intense activity of a specified kind Source of meaning. Also, the exact sentence is present here.

Regular exercise is better than a burst of strenuous exercise.

a burst of - a sudden increase in something, especially for a short period Source of meaning (credits to @JavaLatte, because he said it first)

Regular exercise is better than a flurry of strenuous exercise.

a flurry of - a sudden, short period of activity, excitement, or interest Source of meaning

Regular exercise is better than rounds of strenuous exercise. (not very relevant, but can be used)

round/rounds - a number of things or group of events (done successively) Source

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