Spanish researchers from the University of Navarra recently examined data from the SUN cohort to determine how leisure-time physical activity affects cardiovascular disease risk. Data was obtained from over 18,000 middle-aged adults with a mean age of 38. Through analysis, it was determined that participants who engaged in high-intensity leisure-time physical activity had the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease. Those who had low-intensity leisure-time activity had a reduced cardiovascular disease risk when compared to inactive people.
Additionally, this study showed that high-intensity leisure-time activity was inversely associated with myocardial infarction. There was no such association noted with stroke.
These findings were published in The American Journal of Cardiology on September 8, 2018.