For people who suffer from a chronic disease, exercise can decrease discomfort, improve daily functioning, and enhance overall quality of life. There are many choices in what type of activity you might choose.

Although being physically active in general is good for anyone, some exercises provide specific benefits. Here’s how different types of exercise can help people with specific chronic diseases.


Aerobic Exercise — exercises that raise your heart rate through repetitive movement of large muscles groups. The two types of aerobic exercise are:

  • Weight bearing — your muscles work against the force of gravity. Examples: jogging, walking, dancing.
  • Non-weight bearing — the force of gravity does not play a major role. Examples: biking, swimming, rowing.