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Field testing of physiological responses associated with Nordic Walking


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Church, T. S., Earnest, C. P. and Morss, G. M., 2002. Field testing of physiological responses associated with Nordic Walking. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 73 (3), pp. 296-300.

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Abstract

This study compared the physiological responses (oxygen consumption and energy expenditure) of Nordic Walking to regular walking underfield- testing conditions. Eleven women (M age = 27.1 years, SD = 6.4) and 11 men (M age = 33.8years, SD = 9.0) walked 1,600 m with and without walking poles on a level, 200-m track. For women, Nordic Walking resulted in increased oxygen consumption (M = 14.9 ml x kg(-1) x min(- 1), SD = 3.2 vs. M = 1 7.9 ml x kg(-1) min(-1), SD = 3.5; p < .001), caloric expenditure (M = 4.6 kcal x min(-1), SD = 1.2 vs. M = 5.4 kcal x min(-1), SD = 1.2; p < .001), and heart rate (M = 113.7 bpm, SD = 12.0 vs. M = 118.7 bpm, SD = 14.8; p < .05) compared to regular walking. For men, Nordic Walking resulted in increased oxygen consumption (M = 12.8 ml x kg(-1) min(-1), SD = 1.8 vs. M = 15.5, SD =3.4 ml x kg(-1) min(-1); p < .01), caloric expenditure (M = 5.7kcal x min(-1), SD = 1.3 vs. M = 6.9 kcal x min(-1), SD = 1.8; p < .001), and heart rate (M = 101.6 bpm, SD = 12.0 bpm vs. M = 109.8 bpm, SD = 14.7; p < .01) compared to regular walking. 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.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsChurch, T. S., Earnest, C. P. and Morss, G. M.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12230336PubMedCentral
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code30013
Additional InformationJournal Exercise and health

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