Field testing of physiological responses associated with Nordic Walking
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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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.
|Creators||Church, T. S., Earnest, C. P. and Morss, G. M.|
|Departments||Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health|
|Additional Information||Journal Exercise and health|
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