Men who train regularly are more likely to experience a reduced risk of hypertension and heart attack, according to a study by a team at the University of Cambridge.
The findings are published in the journal Health Psychology.
Men who train frequently also have higher levels of cardiovascular fitness, and a lower risk of developing hypertension, the authors say.
The new study, led by the Department of Epidemiology and the Centre for Health Research, was a collaboration between the Centre and the University.
The researchers recruited more than 3,000 men aged 25-62 who took part in the Cambridge Health Study between 2008 and 2017, as part of the University’s Cardiovascular Health Study.
They then compared the results of the men who had trained regularly with those who hadn’t.
They found that men who were regularly active had a lower prevalence of hypertension, while men who didn’t train regularly had a higher prevalence.
The study team said they hoped this might help people to understand the link between exercise and health.
The study team also looked at the links between exercise-related risk factors and cardiovascular risk factors, such as blood pressure and blood cholesterol.
The research was funded by the European Commission, the Medical Research Council, the European Research Council and the National Institute for Health Sciences.
Professor Daniel Luscombe, lead author of the study, said: “People who train more often are more physically fit and healthier, and have a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and chronic diseases like hypertension.”
In this study, we were able to show that people who were more active had lower levels of risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
“The fact that they had a more stable heart rate, and were also more physically active could potentially be important for people who are at risk of a heart attack.”
For more on the research, including the findings from the study conducted by the team, read Next Big.