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Sustained and Shorter Bouts of Physical Activity are Related to Cardiovascular Health
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2013)
  • Nicole L. Glazer
  • Asya Lyass
  • Dale W. Esliger
  • Susan J. Blease
  • Patty S. Freedson, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • Joseph M. Massaro
  • Joanne M. Murabito
  • Ramachandran S. Vasan

Purpose—Whereas greater physical activity (PA) is known to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD), the relative importance of performing PA in sustained bouts of activity versus shorter bouts of activity on CVD risk is not known. The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), measured in bouts ≥10 minutes and <10 minutes, and CVD risk factors in a well-characterized, community-based sample of white adults. Methods—We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of 2109 Framingham Heart Study Third Generation participants (mean age 47 years, 55% women) who underwent objective assessment of PA by accelerometry over 57 days. Total MVPA, MVPA done in bouts ≥10 minutes (MVPA10+), and MVPA done in bouts <10 minutes (MVPA<10) were calculated. MVPA exposures were related to individual CVD risk factors, including measures of adiposity and blood lipid and glucose levels, using linear and logistic regression. Results—Total MVPA was significantly associated with higher high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels, and with lower triglycerides, BMI, waist circumference and Framingham risk score (P<0.0001). MVPA<10 showed similar statistically significant associations with these CVD risk factors (P <0.001). Compliance with national guidelines (≥150 minutes of total MVPA) was significantly related to lower BMI, triglycerides, Framingham risk score, waist circumference, higher HDL, and a lower prevalence of obesity and impaired fasting glucose (P < 0.001 for all). Conclusions—Our cross-sectional observations on a large middle-aged community-based sample confirm a positive association of MVPA with a healthier CVD risk factor profile, and indicate that accruing physical activity in bouts <10 minutes may favorably influence cardiometabolic risk. Additional investigations are warranted to confirm our findings.

  • accelerometer,
  • heart disease,
  • exercise,
  • guidelines
Publication Date
January, 2013
Publisher Statement
This article was harvested from PubMed. doi:10.1249/MSS.0b013e31826beae5
Citation Information
Nicole L. Glazer, Asya Lyass, Dale W. Esliger, Susan J. Blease, et al.. "Sustained and Shorter Bouts of Physical Activity are Related to Cardiovascular Health" Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Vol. 45 Iss. 1 (2013)
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