A recent study looks at the possible relationship between leisure-time physical activity and suspected bacterial infections.

In the study, published recently in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers determined suspected bacterial infections based on prescriptions for antibiotics.

According to the study’s results, low leisure-time physical activity—compared with sedentary behavior—was associated with a 10% lower risk of any suspected bacterial infection, per a media release from the American College of Sports Medicine.

In addition, according to the study, low and moderate levels of leisure-time physical activity were associated with a 21% and 32% reduction of suspected cystitis (urinary tract bacterial infections), respectively—compared with individuals classified as sedentary. Suspected respiratory tract bacterial infections, however, were not associated with physical activity level, the release continues.

[Source(s): American College of Sports Medicine, Science Daily]