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Research news: More scientific evidence of the positive health effects of Nordic Walking in a study conducted by researchers from Finland, Sweden and USA.



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More scientific evidence of the positive health effects of Nordic Walking in a study conducted by researchers from Finland, Sweden and USA.

A study called "Plasma irisin is increased following 12 weeks of Nordic walking and associates with glucose homoeostasis in overweight/obese men with impaired glucose regulation" conducted by Ayhan Korkmaz, Mika Venojärvi, Niko Wasenius, Sirpa Manderoos, Keith C. Deruisseau, Eva-Karin Gidlund, Olli J. Heinonen, Harri Lindholm, Sirkka Aunola, Johan G. Eriksson & Mustafa Atalay, has been published in the European Journal of Sport Science.

This work was supported by University of Eastern Finland (FIN), University of Helsinki (FIN), University of Turku (FIN), Syracuse University (USA), Karolinska Institutet (SWE), Research Council for Physical Education and Sports of the Finnish Ministry of Education (FIN), Research Foundation for Physiological Treatments and Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences (FIN).


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Vitamin D Supplementation and Nordic Walking Training Decreases Serum Homocysteine and Ferritin in Elderly Women. Walentukiewicz A, Lysak-Radomska A, Jaworska J, Prusik K, Prusik K, Kortas JA, Lipiński M, Babinska A, Antosiewicz J, Ziemann E. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Sep 20;15(10). pii: E2064. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15102064.

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The Effect of Nordic Walking Training Combined with Vitamin D Supplementation on Postural Control and Muscle Strength in Elderly People-A Randomized Controlled Trial. Mieszkowski J, Niespodziński B, Kochanowicz A, Gmiat A, Prusik K, Prusik K, Kortas J, Ziemann E, Antosiewicz J. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Sep 7;15(9). pii: E1951. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15091951.

Nordic Walking in Pulmonary Rehabilitation of Patients Referred for Lung Transplantation. Ochman M, Maruszewski M, Latos M, Jastrzębski D, Wojarski J, Karolak W, Przybyłowski P, Zeglen S. Transplant Proc. 2018 Sep;50(7):2059-2063. doi: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2018.02.106.

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