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Nordic Walking Promoted Weight Loss in Overweight and Obese People: A Systematic Review for Future Exercise Prescription

Sport and Exercise Medicine Division, Department of Medicine, University of Padova, Via Giustiniani, 2, 35128 Padova, Italy
Laboratorio de Fisiologia e Bioquimica Experimental, Centro de Educacao Fisica e Deportos, Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo (UFES), Vitoria, ES, Rua Vergueiro, 235, Liberdade, Sao Paulo, SP 01504-00, Brazil
Departamento de Educacao Fisica e Ciencias do Envelhecimento, Laboratorio de Percepcao Corporal e Movimento, Universidade Sao Judas Tadeu, Sao Paulo, SP 05503-001, Brazil
Department of Medicine and Sciences of Aging, G. d’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara IT, 100, 66100 Chieti, Italy
Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health, University of Cagliari IT, SS 554, 09042 Monserrato, Italy
Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Jaén, 23001, 23009 Jaén, Spain
Physical Education School, Federal University of Pelotas, Rua Luís de Camões, Pelotas, RS 96055630, Brazil
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These Authors equally contributed to the manuscript.
J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2019, 4(2), 36;
Received: 15 May 2019 / Revised: 11 June 2019 / Accepted: 12 June 2019 / Published: 18 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Exercise for Health Promotion)
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The aim of this systematic review was to analyze the effect of Nordic Walking (NW) on anthropometric parameters, body composition, cardiovascular parameters, aerobic capacity, blood sample, and glucose tolerance in overweight and obese subjects. The main keywords “Nordic Walking” or “Pole Walking”, associated with either “obese”, “obesity”, “overweight”, or “weight loss” were used on the online database MEDLINE, PubMed, SPORTDiscus and Scopus. Additionally, references of the studies included were screened to identify eligible articles. Applying the inclusion and exclusion criteria, ten manuscripts were considered as eligible for this review. The results of the studies were categorized in several domains with regard to “anthropometric parameters and body composition”, “cardiovascular parameters and aerobic capacity”, and “blood sample and glucose tolerance”. The results showed positive effects on the anthropometric parameters, body composition, cardiovascular parameters, blood sample, and glucose tolerance. The greatest improvements were observed in supervised and high weekly frequency of NW interventions. NW could be considered as an effective modality through which to involve the obese in physical activity. For weight loss, NW should be prescribed 4–5 times per week, at least 60 min per session, preferably combined with diet control. View Full-Text
Keywords: nordic walking; obesity; review; exercise prescription; weight loss nordic walking; obesity; review; exercise prescription; weight loss

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Gobbo, S.; Bullo, V.; Roma, E.; Duregon, F.; Bocalini, D.S.; Rica, R.L.; Di Blasio, A.; Cugusi, L.; Vendramin, B.; Bergamo, M.; Cruz-Diaz, D.; Alberton, C.L.; Ermolao, A.; Bergamin, M. Nordic Walking Promoted Weight Loss in Overweight and Obese People: A Systematic Review for Future Exercise Prescription. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2019, 4, 36.

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