A recently published study indicates that “patients who engaged in outdoor Nordic Walking for a year had better improvements in functional performance, physical activity level, and mental health than study subjects who engaged in home-based exercise or supervised strength training.”
In hip osteoarthritis, Nordic Walking is superior to strength training and home-based exercise for improving function.
This observer-blinded, randomized controlled trial compared the short- and long-term effects of 4 months of supervised Strength Training in a local fitness center, supervised Nordic Walking in a local park, and unsupervised Home-Based Exercise on functional performance in 60+-year-old persons with hip osteoarthritis not awaiting hip replacement.
Generally, improvements in functional performance were greater after Nordic Walking compared with Home Based Exercise and Strength Training at all follow-up time points (2, 4, and 12 months). Furthermore, Nordic Walking was superior to Home-Based Exercise for improving vigorous physical activity and to both Strength Training and Home-Based Exercise for improving mental health. These data suggest that Nordic Walking is the recommended exercise modality compared with Strength Training and Home-Based Exercise.
Remember that the best way to learn how to walk safely as well as get the most out of your Nordic Walking is to work with a certified instructor!