© 2007

Role of Physical Exercise in Preventing Disease and Improving the Quality of Life

  • Vilberto Stocchi
  • Pierpaolo De Feo
  • David A. Hood

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Metabolic Modifications and Physical Exercise

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Monica Canepari, Roberto Bottinelli
      Pages 3-22
    3. Pierpaolo De Feo, Chiara Di Loreto, Anna Ranchelli, Cristina Fatone, Paola Lucidi, Fausto Santeusanio
      Pages 23-33
  3. Mitochondrial Biogenesis and Physical Exercise

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. David A. Hood, Beatrice Chabi, Keir Menzies, Michael O’Leary, Donald Walkinshaw
      Pages 37-60
    3. Ulrik Wisløff, Per Magnus Haram, Ole Johan Kemi
      Pages 61-81
    4. Michele Guescini, Laura Stocchi, Chiara Di Loreto, Cristina Fatone, Pierpaolo De Feo, Vilberto Stocchi
      Pages 83-99
  4. Physical Exercise and Oxidative Stress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
  5. Mitochondrial Alteration in Aging and Diseases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Daniel Edgar, Aleksandra Trifunovic
      Pages 115-132
    3. Nadir M. Maraldi, Stefano Squarzoni, Patrizia Sabatelli
      Pages 133-144
    4. Diego De Stefani, Paolo Pinton, Rosario Rizzuto
      Pages 145-158
  6. Nutrition, Physical Exercise and Obesity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Angelo Pietrobelli, Manfredo Dugoni, Marco Poli, Marcella Malavolti, Nino C. Battistini
      Pages 161-170
  7. Physical Exercise - Health and Wellness: Sociological and Psychological Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Simona Moscatiello, Rita Manini, Rebecca Marzocchi, Giulio Marchesini
      Pages 191-201

About this book


Over the last decade studies have shown that physical exercise plays an important role in maintaining an individual's psycho-physical balance. In particular, it has been demonstrated that prolonged regular physical activity (now defined in scientific publications as chronic physical activity) helps to significantly reduce the incidence of neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases, which are often associated with ageing, while at the same time bolstering the immune system.

Promoting physical activity therefore helps preventing today's major health challenges, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiorespiratory diseases, obesity, osteoporosis, arthritis, and cancer, thus leading to a reduction in healthcare costs and freeing up resources for future generations.

The volume will be an essential reading for all health professionals and for residents in medicine and in health and physical exercise.


Diabetes Health promotion Stress disease prevention mitochondria nutrition prevention quality of life

Editors and affiliations

  • Vilberto Stocchi
    • 1
  • Pierpaolo De Feo
    • 2
  • David A. Hood
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Biological Chemistry “Giorgio Fornaini” and Institute of Health and Physical ExerciseUniversity of Urbino “Carlo Bo”UrbinoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Internal Medicine Section of Internal Medicine Endocrine and Metabolic SciencesUniversity of PerugiaPerugiaItaly
  3. 3.School of Kinesiology Science Department of BiologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada

About the editors

Prof. Vilberto Stocchi is currently Full Professor of Biochemistry and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Physical Exercise at the University of Urbino. Furthermore Prof. Stocchi is the Director of the Center for the Study of Protein Biochemistry at the University of Urbino and of Institute of Research on Physical Activity.

Currently he is involved in the Project CIPE - Improvement of the quality of the life of the elderly, of the Marche Region, through the use of methodologies and innovative equipments with particular reference to the physical activity; he is also working for the European Project 2004: European year of the Education through the Sport Program "Education and sport: values without frontiers ".

The research activity of the Prof. Stocchi is documented by more then 200 papers published on international scientific reviews and by as many Conference participation.

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From the reviews:

"This is an excellent compendium of the current understanding of the role of exercise in human metabolism. An impressive list of world experts in muscle metabolism contribute chapters that clinicians will find easy to understand. … intended audience appears to be both current and future researchers in muscle metabolism, but the book will serve clinical investigators as well. The book does an excellent job of reviewing the literature of basic molecular muscle biology. … a significant addition to both a clinician’s and a researcher’s library." (Vincent F. Carr, Doody's Review Service, November, 2007)