Researchers, including those from Aalborg University in Denmark, examined the relationship between leisure-time
physical activity and suspected bacterial infections during a one-year follow-up.
Suspected bacterial infections were determined based on prescriptions for antibiotics. Results showed that compared with sedentary behaviour, low leisure-time physical activity was associated with a 10 per cent lower risk of any suspected bacterial infection.
Further, low and moderate levels of leisure-time physical activity were associated with a 21 per cent and 32 per cent
reduction of suspected cystitis (urinary tract bacterial infections), respectively – compared with individuals classified as sedentary, researchers said. Suspected respiratory tract bacterial infections, however, were not associated with physical activity level, they said.