Nordic Walking Poles: Cooper Institute Studies, Dallas Texas 2007 Men Women
Oxygen Consumption: 20.0% 21.3%
Caloric Expenditure: 19.9% 19.3%
Heart Rate: 8.2% 4.0%
Less impact on Joints
Performing the correct technique recommended by the American Nordic Walking Association keeps up to 26 percent body load off your knees, hip joints and lower back. This is why Nordic Pole Walking is the best activity for people who suffer from these conditions and others. There are over 350 Medical studies showing the Health and Fitness Benefits of Pole Walking. Mayo Clinic (2008), Young – Hoo Kwon (2008)
The purpose of the study was to determine whether walking with poles reduces loading to the lower extremities compared to regular walking.
Three – dimensional gait analysis was conducted on 13 healthy adults who completed 10 walking trials using three different poling conditions. Results did show there were differences in kinetic variables between walking with and without poles.
The use of walking poles, enabled subjects to walk at a faster speed with reduced vertical ground reaction forces, Vertical knee joint reaction forces, and reduction to the Knee Extensors angular impulse and support moment, depending on the condition used.
Less Stress Less Pain
Edward R. Laskowski, M. D, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA, Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist.
Walking poles take some of the load off your back, hips and knees, which will be helpful if you have arthritis or back problems.
The arm movement also fosters balance and stability.
Mechanics of Pole Walking in Subjects with Chronic Knee Problems
Young-Hoo Kwon, Lori R. Bolt, and Jackson Shi, Ball State University Muncie, Indiana USA (2008)
Knee joint range of motion. Decreased significantly (12.2%) during the swing phase due to the use of the walking poles, Mainly caused by the decrease in the maximum knee flexion angle during the swing phase(10.9%)
The maximum hip hyper extension angle was also significantly different between the conditions. Ground reaction force variables only peak vertical propulsive force was found to show a significant difference between the walking conditions.
Neck, Shoulders and Upper Back Pain
Most of our days are spent at work sitting at a desk doing repetitive motions of our neck, shoulders and upper back causing muscle rigidity and pain. This chronic muscle tension and pain in these areas can be tolerated for months, but can lead to serious health conditions that can affect your work and your daily lifestyle.
Comes with quick release ergonomic gloves engineer for comfort. When you use proper Nordic Pole Walking technique recommended by the American Nordic Walking Association with a long arm swing. You will strengthen and relax your neck, shoulders and upper back muscles with each stride increasing circulation, flexibility and reducing pain.
Anttila 1999 compared Nordic Pole Walking with regular walking training for 12 – weeks on 55 female office workers.
E.M.G – measurement showed that electrical activities in muscles in the neck, shoulders and upper back were significantly higher when walking with poles.
Polo walking training diminished neck and shoulder symptoms and pain.
Increased mobility of upper body.
Kenneth Cooper, the inventor of jogging, running and walking exercises for health and fitness in the 1960's. For years the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas has been the forerunner of leading research on the subject of Aerobic Exercise. The institute did a study on Nordic Pole Walking versus regular walking and found a drastic increase in the oxygen and caloric expenditures between Nordic Walking with the poles and regular walking.
Changes of Physiological Responses between Nordic Pole Walking and Regular Walking
Lower Trunk Benefits
Exercising with Nordic Walking Poles works the lower spinal trunk muscles with every walking step, in combination with the slight natural rotation of the upper body. The deep-lying muscles which stabilize your spine become stronger. This results in a decrease of lower back tension, pain and will give you more flexibility and better balance. This will also keep your spine in an upright position enhancing your posture.
Did examine the effectiveness of Nordic Walking on aging employees on their postural control as well as to the muscular strength of the lower extremities and middle trunk.
Subjects (n=24) were 45 to 61 years old, the majority of woman. They did Nordic Walking three times a week and partly instructed.