Physical and immunological aspects of exercise in chronic diseases

Vasso Apostolopoulos, Erika Borkoles, Remco Polman, Lily Stojanovska

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Physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyles are believed to be independent risk factors for the occurrence of numerous diseases, including, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, cancer and mental health, all leading to substantial morbidity and/or premature death. It has been found that regular exercise, is associated with better quality of life and health outcomes, and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Here, we review the effects regular exercise has on mental health and well-being, on the immune system and in cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmunity and metabolic syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1145-1157
Number of pages13
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • cancer
  • chronic diseases
  • exercise
  • immune status
  • immunity
  • immunotherapy
  • inflammation
  • physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Oncology


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