According to the World Health Organization (WHO), physical inactivity is now identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. Physical inactivity levels are rising in many countries with major implications for the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and the general health of the population worldwide.
Nordic Walking is one of the best fitness modalities for achieving overall health, increased stamina, sustainable weight loss, improved muscle tone, and importantly – enjoyment of long term participation.
In addition to the considerable general health and fitness benefits that can be achieved by Nordic Walking – it is also an effective rehabilitation measure that can be individually adapted to assist with injury-recovery, acute and chronic conditions including arthritis and other joint conditions, diabetes, and cardiovascular-related and neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and stroke.
WEIGHT LOSS BENEFITS: Nordic Walking is an ideal activity choice for sustainable weight loss. The utilisation of all major muscle groups results in greater calorie consumption and less perceived effort by the walker. Also, because Nordic Walking can be social, uses simple equipment and is done outside, it is an activity that people who struggle with gym-type environments often enjoy doing.
CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT: Nordic Walking is being used worldwide in the treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, neuromuscular and cardiovascular-related diseases. Importantly, Nordic Walking can be adapted to cater for patient’s individual needs and geared to achieve specific outcomes.
REHABILITATION: Increasingly Nordic Walking is being prescribed by podiatrists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, Pilates therapists and other healthcare professionals as a highly effective rehabilitation therapy. Nordic Walking as a rehabilitation measure is:
For more information about Nordic Walking as a rehabilitation measure, go to the Nordic Academy
BENEFITS OF NORDIC WALKING FOR PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE” THE 3 B’S
To learn more about the benefits of Nordic Walking for people with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions go to Connect Neuro Physiotherapy
A useful handout on Walking for people with Parkinson’s Disease and the benefits of Nordic Walking is available from the Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University
For a comprehensive list of scientific studies on the health benefits of Nordic Walking – including in relation to specific health conditions go to The Evidence