Medical Studies – Older Adults

Nordic Walking can be a safe and effective fitness activity for Older Adults

Studies have indicated that activity including the use of walking poles can:

  • Improve upper body strength
  • Improve walking capacity (endurance and gait speed)
  • Increase cardio-vascular efficiency
  • Improve overall fitness
  • Improve or maintain functional abilities
  • Reduce low-back pain
  • Improve venous blood flow in lower extremities

 

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Effects of nordic walking compared to conventional walking and band-based resistance exercise on fitness in older adults.

The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of Nordic walking with conventional walking and band-based resistance exercise on functional fitness, static balance and dynamic balance in older adults.

Nordic walking and conventional walking both improve cardio-respiratory fitness while resistance training does not. Nordic walking provides additional benefits in upper-body muscular strength compared to conventional walking. Nordic walking is an effective and efficient mode of exercise to improve overall fitness in older adults.

Kinetic Analysis of Telescope-Style Walking Poles on Elderly Gait

The purpose of this study was to comprehensively investigate and describe the kinetics of T-pole walking in the elderly.

The findings of this study revealed: (a) the use of T-poles decrease the loads on lower extremities mainly by reducing the foot-ground interaction; (b) the degree of burden on upper extremities in pole-walking increased but it is as little as a normal activity such as a slow running.

Nordic walking for geriatric rehabilitation: a randomized pilot trial.

There is a need to identify effective interventions to promote walking capacity in seniors. This study compares nordic walking (NW) and usual overground walking (OW) and estimates the relative efficacy in improving walking capacity (endurance and gait speed) of the elderly.

NW (nordic walking) is 106% more effective in improving gait speed among elderly than OW (overground walking).

Effects of nordic walking on body composition, muscle strength, and lipid profile in elderly women.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of Nordic walking on body composition, muscle strength, and lipid profile in elderly women.

The results indicate that Nordic walking was more effective than normal walking in improving upper extremity strength.

The influence of systematic pulse-limited physical exercise on the parameters of the cardiovascular system in patients over 65 years of age.

The aim of the study was to assess the influence of regular 6-week physical exercise using the Nordic walking (NW) method in a group of elderly persons on their physical performance and regulation of selected parameters assessing the cardiovascular system.

Systematic NW physical exercise limited by the pulse had a beneficial effect on the physical performance of elderly persons as assessed with main parameters. A short 6-week program of endurance exercises had a hypotensive effect in elderly persons over 65 years of age.

Short-term and long-term effects of Nordic Walking training on balance, functional mobility, muscle strength and aerobic endurance among Hungarian community-living older people: a feasibility study.

The aim of this study was to investigate the short-term and long-term effects of a moderate intensity Nordic Walking program, and the feasibility of this exercise form among Hungarian community living older adults.

This study showed that Nordic Walking is a simple, well tolerated and effective physical activity for older people in Hungary. Based on the findings of our studies, the Nordic Walking will play an important role in geriatric physiotherapy in order to improve or maintain the functional abilities of this growing population.

The effect of power nordic walking on spine deformation and visual analog pain scale in elderly women with low back pain.

The purpose of this study was to examine whether Nordic walking exercise can relieve low back pain and change the spine shape in elderly women.

Chronic low back pain, a complaint often received from elderly women, was reduced by pole-induced power walking reduction on the balance of the spine and back of this important exercise program is presented as a guideline.

Effect of nordic walking and water aerobics training on body composition and the blood flow in lower extremities in elderly women.

Nordic walking and water aerobics are very popular forms of physical activity in the elderly population. The aim of the study was to evaluate the influence of regular health training on the venous blood flow in lower extremities and body composition in women over 50 years old.

Eight weeks of Nordic walking training improved the venous blood flow in lower extremities and normalized body composition in the direction of reducing chronic venous disorder risk factors.

 

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