older adults, Sheridan Elder Research Centre, pole walking
Nordic Pole Walking (NPW), the act of walking with poles, is an activity that promotes health and wellness for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. For older adults, this activity can be part of a healthy lifestyle while assisting with balance and encouraging correct gait for those who require additional support. The Sheridan Centre for Elder Research, in partnership with Nordixx Canada, offered an 11-week Nordic Pole Walking program (20 hours) to evaluate its impact on the overall feelings of health, well-being and motivation in older adults. A total of sixteen people participated (14 female, 2 male), and each participant completed a comprehensive battery of surveys and standardized evaluations of health, physical activity levels and motivation. Results showed that participants enjoyed the ‘walk and talk’ component and reported improved fitness levels and eagerness to continue Nordic Pole Walking after the project ended.
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Quinn, G., Bellamy, G., Camino, P., Tsotsos, L., & Spadafora, P. (2015). Impact of an 11-week Nordic Pole Walking program on the overall feelings of health, wellbeing and motivation in older adults. [Report]. Oakville: Sheridan Elder Research Centre (SERC).
Quinn, Ginger; Bellamy, Greg; Camino, Paulina; Tsotsos, Lia; and Spadafora, Pat, "Impact of an 11-week Nordic Pole Walking Program on the Overall Feelings of Health, Wellbeing and Motivation in Older Adults" (2015). Centre Publications and Scholarship. 21.