European journal of applied physiology and occupational physiology vol:53 issue:4 pages:304-7
The relationship between plasma renin activity (PRA) at rest and physical fitness was studied in 40 normal young subjects on a liberal sodium intake. Plasma renin activity was measured in arterial blood withdrawn at the end of a 30-min period of rest in recumbency, while physical fitness was expressed by the highest oxygen uptake achieved during an uninterrupted graded exercise test performed in the sitting position on an electromagnetically braked ergometer bicycle (peak VO2). Log PRA correlated significantly and inversely with peak VO2 adjusted for body weight (r = -0.34; P less than 0.05) in single regression analysis. Using multiple regression and adjusted peak VO2, age, urinary sodium excretion and mean intra-arterial pressure as independent variables, no combination of two or more independent variables yielded significant partial correlation coefficients with log PRA. This correlation suggests that PRA at rest is inversely related to the subject's physical fitness.