Exercise training as a treatment for chronic inflammation in the elderly

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2009 Oct;37(4):165-70. doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e3181b7b3d9.


Persistent subclinical inflammation predisposes to chronic disease, as well as the development of sarcopenia and disability, in frail elderly. Thus, the inflammatory pathway is a potential target for interventions to reduce aging-related disease and disability. This article highlights emerging data suggesting that increasing physical activity could be effective for reducing chronic inflammation in the elderly.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease / prevention & control
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / therapy*