There is a lot of scientific evidence about the benefits of Nordic Walking. INWA (the international Nordic Walking Federation) collects worldwide research and consults with scientists , institutions and universities about new research results. Here are some of their findings on how Nordic Walking creates positive impact in the body:
Safe, healthy, bio-mechanically correct movements and gait.
Correct body alignment and posture
Symmetric and complete training of the whole body. Natural and fluid movements that engage the muscles of the upper and lower body as well as the core.
Effective aerobic conditioning due to activiation of both large and small muscle groups
Increase blood circulation and metabolism, increased oxygen supply to muscles and organs.
Cardio Fitness & Weight Loss
Increased muscle activity when walking with poles stimulates the metabolism, increases blood circulationand trains cardio-vascular system.
As 90% of the skeletal muscles are activitated, more calories are burned than in normal walking (up to 46% more)
Allows same intensity of running without the high impact. If you use the correct Nordic Walking technique at 7.7km/hours, your oxygen intake is similar to running at 9.8km/hours.
Ideal to combat obesity - despite the great energy expenditure, it feels 'easier' than many other sports; the load and effort of the exercise is shared across the whole body. And it can be done as a social activity, which increases the sustainability of the exercise over time.
Mental Health - Joyful Living
Being outdoors, witnessing the body become stronger, and spending social time gives joy to many people.
In studies with mental health patients, Nordic Walking brought signficiant improvements of levels of depression, anger, fatigue and mood swings.
Back & Shoulder Health
Walking more actively, in good posture, lengthens the spine and distributes weight more effectively.
Symmetric and complete training of the whole body. Natural and fluid movements that engage the muscles of the upper and lower body as well as the core muscles of the trunk.
Can bring relief from neck and shoulder complaints, especially when they are caused by muscle overuse (sitting too much, computerwork, etc). Continuous activation and relaxation of muscles involved, promoting relief of tight muscles.
Rehabilitation & Older people
Safe and smooth way to get back into exercise after surgery or injuries.
Great for treatment of repetitive strain injury
Rehabilitation of post operative breast cancer patients.
Safe and gentle way to increase fitness and endurance for hearth patients.
Improves functional capacity and vitality of elderly people (balance, agility, strength, mental engagement).