It is now widely accepted that there are important links between inactivity and lifestyle-related chronic diseases, and that exercise can bring tangible therapeutic benefits to people with long-term chronic conditions. Exercise and Chronic Disease: An Evidence-Based Approach offers the most up-to-date survey currently available of the scientific and clinical evidence underlying the effects of exercise in relation to functional outcomes, disease-specific health-related outcomes and quality of life in patients with chronic disease conditions.

Drawing on data from randomized controlled trials and observational evidence, and written by a team of leading international researchers and medical and health practitioners, the book explores the evidence across a wide range of chronic diseases, including:

  • cancer
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • diabetes
  • parkinson's disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • asthma.

Each chapter addresses the frequency, intensity, duration and modality of exercise that might be employed as an intervention for each condition and, importantly, assesses the impact of exercise interventions in relation to outcomes that reflect tangible benefits to patients. No other book on this subject places the patient and the evidence directly at the heart of the study, and therefore this book will be essential reading for all exercise scientists, health scientists and medical professionals looking to develop their knowledge and professional practice.

chapter 1|10 pages


ByJohn M. Saxton

chapter 2|16 pages

Coronary heart disease

ByGavin Sandercock

chapter 3|29 pages


ByV. A. Cornelissen, R. H. Fagard

chapter 4|36 pages


ByFrederick M. Ivey, Alice S. Ryan, Charlene E. Hafer-Macko

chapter 5|19 pages

Peripheral arterial disease/intermittent claudication

ByGarry Tew, Irena Zwierska

chapter 6|18 pages

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

ByRachel Garrod, Fábio Pitta

chapter 7|27 pages


ByFelix S. F. Ram, Elissa M. McDonald

chapter 8|19 pages


ByMarlene Fransen

chapter 9|18 pages


ByJ. Y. Tsauo

chapter 10|15 pages

Rheumatoid arthritis

chapter 11|20 pages

Ankylosing spondylitis

ByHanne Dagfinrud, Silje Halvorsen, Nina K. Vøllestad

chapter 12|20 pages

Multiple sclerosis

ByUlrik Dalgas

chapter 13|17 pages

Parkinson disease

ByGammon M. Earhart

chapter 14|32 pages

Type 2 diabetes

ByStephan F. E. Praet, Robert Rozenberg

chapter 15|25 pages


ByPedro J. Teixeira, R. James Stubbs, Neil A. King

chapter 16|17 pages

Chronic fatigue syndrome

ByJo Nijs, Karen Wallman, Lorna Paul

chapter 17|25 pages

Fibromyalgia syndrome

ByBorja Sañudo Corrales

chapter 18|16 pages

Colorectal, breast and prostate cancer

ByLiam Bourke, John M. Saxton