Health Benefits of Nordic Walking
- Burns up to 46% more calories than exercise walking without poles or moderate jogging. 25-30% on average. (Cooper Institute, 2004, Dallas and others).
- Increases heart and cardiovascular training to 25% ( Foley 1994;Jordan 2001, Morss et al. 2001; Pocari et.al.1997 and others).
- Incorporates 90% of all body muscles in one exercise and increases endurance of arm muscles (Triceps) and neck- and shoulder muscles (Latissimus) to 38% (Karawan et al 1992 and others).
- High Blood Pressure: Reduces High Blood Pressure by 18mmHg within eight weeks. (Ishikawa et.al. 1999; C.Diehm 2007)
- Eliminates back, shoulder and neck pain (Attila et al 1999 and others).
- Less impact on hip- knee- and foot joints about 26% (Wilson et al., 2001; Hagen 2006, and others)
- Develops upright body posture. (Schloemmer 2005).
- Increases production of “positive” hormones. Decreases “negative” hormones (R.M. Klatz et.al., 1999; Dharma Singh Khalsa, 1997).
- Supports stress management and mental disorders (Stoughton 1992, Mommert-Jauch 2003).
- Diabetes Type 2: Improves diabetes metabolism, reduces insulin resistance and reduces medication drastically within three months. (M.Nischwitz et.al. 2006)
- Perception of exertion is 50% (Parkatti et all 2002).
Nordic Walking is also proving to be a valuable tool in rehabilitation for people with neurological and cardiovascular diseases, as well as in weight-loss management.
~ Dr. Gail Dechman, Dalhousie University (Dechman, Appleby, Carr and Haive, 2012).
Always consult your Physiotherapist, Physician or other Health Professional before starting or altering any Nordic Pole Walking fitness program.