March 15, 2015 | By Nadia
Urban Poling Beats a Walking Workout. Also called Nordic walking, technique burns more calories and is easier on joints
“If I’m going for a walk, I’d much rather take the poles because I am burning up to 46 per cent more calories. I am using up to 25 per cent more oxygen and I’m using 90 per cent of the muscles in my body rather than just from the hips down. You are using all your back muscles and your core,” he said. “So every step you take you are doing a mini crunch for your abs. If you take 1,800 steps, you’ve done 1,800 mini crunches. It really adds up.”
Walking with poles can help reduce fatigue during and after cancer treatment and has proven beneficial to those in breast cancer rehab. To read more about the research that supports the benefits of Nordic walking for cancer patients, visit the Your Health section of our website.