Physical Activity Affects Flu, Pneumonia Mortality

TUESDAY, May 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Aerobic activity, even below the recommended level, is associated with lower influenza and pneumonia mortality, while there is a J-shaped association for muscle-strengthening activity, according to a study published online May 16 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Bryant J. Webber, M.D., M.P.H., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues examined the association of leisure time physical activity with mortality from influenza and pneumonia in a nationally representative sample of U.S. adult participants in the National Health Interview Survey from 1998 to 2018. Participants who reported ≥150 minutes/week of moderate-intensity equivalent aerobic physical activity and two or more sessions/week of muscle-strengthening activity were classified as meeting both physical activity guidelines.

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