Obesity & Weight Management Studies

Nordic Walking can be a fun and effective fitness activity for obese participants and those interested in weight management.

Compared to regular walking, Nordic Walking provides increased oxygen consumption and energy expenditure. An increased exercise intensity can be achieved without increasing perceived exertion.

Compared to Pilates, Nordic Walking causes more significant changes in glucose and basic blood lipid levels than do Pilates and dietary intervention alone.

Nordic Walking as an aerobic activity, combined with strength training, induces positive changes in functional fitness, serum-lipid levels and a waist/hip ratio in obese postmenopausal women.

Proper Nordic Walking technique needs to be used to avoid additional knee loading, see the Biomechanics page for additional information.

Click on the links below to be taken to the abstracts.

Field testing of physiological responses associated with Nordic Walking.

This study compared the physiological responses (oxygen consumption and energy expenditure) of Nordic Walking to regular walking under field-testing conditions.

Nordic Walking, examined in the field, results in a significant increase in oxygen use and caloric expenditure compared to regular walking, without significantly increasing perceived exertion.

Efficacy of Nordic walking in obesity management.

The effects of a Nordic walking program compared to those of a walking program on physiological and perceptual variables in obese middle-aged women were investigated.

Nordic walking activity in obese women allows an increase in exercise intensity and adherence to a training program without increasing the perception of effort leading to enhanced aerobic capacity.

Physiological and perceptual responses to Nordic walking in obese middle-aged women in comparison with the normal walk.

This study aimed to compare physiological and perceptual responses to Nordic walking in obese women to those of walking, and to assess if these responses were modified by a learning period of Nordic walking technique.

Our results confirmed that use of Nordic walking poles increased physiological responses at a given speed but decreased RPE (rate of perceived exertion) in comparison with Walking during inclined level. Moreover, this is the first study showing that a learning period of NW technique permitted to enhance the difference between EC (energy cost) with Nordic walking poles versus the walking condition and to decrease the RPE (rate of perceived exertion) when using Nordic walking poles. Thus, although it requires a specific learning of the technique, the Nordic walking might be considered like an attractive physical activity with an important public health application.

Effects of Nordic Walking and Pilates exercise programs on blood glucose and lipid profile in overweight and obese postmenopausal women in an experimental, nonrandomized, open-label, prospective controlled trial.

Cardiometabolic effects of physical exercise depend on its intensity, duration, and type. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of two exercise models, Nordic Walking (NW) and Pilates, on postmenopausal women.

Exercise training in accordance with the Nordic walking model causes statistically and clinically more significant changes in glucose and basic blood lipid levels than do Pilates and dietary intervention alone.

Effect of a MAST Exercise Program on Anthropometric Parameters, Physical Fitness, and Serum Lipid Levels in Obese Postmenopausal Women.

The purpose of this study was to examine an influence of a mixed aerobic and strength training program (MAST) on anthropometry, serum lipid levels, physical performance, and functional fitness in obese postmenopausal women.

A 10-week MAST program encompassing Nordic-walking as an aerobic component, and strength exercises, induces positive changes in functional fitness, HDL-C, LDL-C and a waist/hip ratio in obese postmenopausal women. The observed changes implicate an increase in a health-related quality of life among the women administered to the physical exercise program.

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