Nordic Walking increases Flexibility & Strength

Recently published study showing beneficial results for Nordic Walking!

Changes in selected health indicators for women aged 60-74 years in the two-year cycle of health training. Journal of Education, Health and Sport, 6(3), 72-80. Study Link

The results of the research are entitled to the following statements:

  1. Health training in the form of Nordic Walking is an effective stimulus changes in health indicators for women aged 60-74 years by 30% in terms of flexibility of the trunk.
  2. Health training is a factor that may slow down the long term involution changes in selected health indicators for women aged 60-75 years by up to 48% in terms of strength and 247% in terms of flexibility shoulders.

 

Proper Nordic Walking technique encourages a greater rotation of the torso than regular walking, as well as full range of motion of the shoulder joint when the hand passes the hip on the back-swing. Restricting full arm-swing motion or using excessive elbow movement can reduce the range of motion at the shoulder and reduce the flexibility benefits.

I encourage you to learn your Nordic Walking technique from a qualified instructor.

Experienced Nordic Walkers should also occasionally have an instructor critique your technique as “maintenance” to ensure you’re continuing to use proper form and assist you in making any necessary adjustments.

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