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November 13, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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Pole walking can increase your cardiovascular and metabolic health

As a Nordic Pole Walking instructor, I truly feel it’s a sport that’s under participated in and if you adopt it (e.g. pole walk for 30 minutes 3 x per week) you will see great changes to your cardiovascular and metabolic health that in turn will decrease your risk for chronic disease and premature death. If you already have a chronic condition, regular pole walking will significantly reduce disease progression and assist in gaining your health back (if you walk regularly).Here are some of the key reasons to pole walk:

  • It activates your upper body musculature which allows you to use 90% of your muscles with each stride!
  • By using more muscles it helps increase the energy required to walk. This means that it increases the amount of calories you burn compared to regular walks. Studies have shown that it can help people burn as much as 46% more calories on a nice brisk pole walk vs. walking alone. This is amazing!
  • Even though you use more muscles, and require more energy to do work, studies have shown that it keeps the rating of perceived exertion (RPE) relatively stable. This means you can give your body a better workout without feeling like you are pushing yourself too hard. Amazing for people with heart disease and diabetes.  
  • Pole walking helps improve your posture and also decreases the impact on the knee and hip joints by as much as 30%. This is a must if you have arthritis, lower back, knee and or hip pain that’s exaggerated by activity.

Those are just a few of the awesome benefits that pole walking has to offer. I truly feel that this is a sport for all ages and especially beneficial to those who have chronic disease risk factors, don't like team sports, and those who love walking. After reading this I hope you agree that pole walking really provides a great bang for the buck!

Feel free to comment and ask questions below to get some conversation going. If you would like to speak with an exercise professional contact the Physical Activity Line.

Keep positive, Keep Smiling, and KEEP MOVING!


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