Video: "Greetings to the community of Modern Nordic Walking!"


International Modern Nordic Walking Convention in Bratislava, Slovakia, postoned to 1-3 October 2021!



An important Statement published by ICNW: Pole walking - Nordic Walking - Modern Nordic Walking: Definitions, a brief history, and the development of the discipline.



The 20th Anniversary Celebrations of Nordic Walking in Finland, August 4-6, 2017. The summary of the historical International Nordic Walking Congress and the official video of the whole event:

see them here.


Respecting the past, working for the future!

International Council of

Nordic Walking

A scientific organization to boost Nordic Walking

research, education and overall development worldwide

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).


Accuracy of Wearable Devices for Measuring Heart Rate during Conventional and Nordic Walking. Baek S, Ha Y, Park HW. PM R. 2020 May 24. doi: 10.1002/pmrj.12424. Online ahead of print.

Effect of HFE Gene Mutation on Changes in Iron Metabolism Induced by Nordic Walking in Elderly Women. Kortas J, Ziemann E, Antosiewicz J. Clin Interv Aging. 2020 May 13;15:663-671. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S252661. eCollection 2020.

Nordic Walking influence on biomechanical parameters: a systematic review. Roy M, Grattard V, Dinet C, Soares AV, Decavel P, Sagawa YJ. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2020 May 13. doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.20.06175-4. Online ahead of print.

Nordic Walking Increases Distal Radius Bone Mineral Content in Young Women. Kato T, Tomioka T, Yamashita T, Yamamoto H, Sugajima Y, Ohnishi N. J Sports Sci Med. 2020 May 1;19(2):237-244. eCollection 2020 Jun.

Iron Status in Elderly Women Impacts Myostatin, Adiponectin and Osteocalcin Levels Induced by Nordic Walking Training. Kortas J, Ziemann E, Juszczak D, Micielska K, Kozłowska M, Prusik K, Prusik K, Antosiewicz J. Nutrients. 2020 Apr 17;12(4):1129. doi: 10.3390/nu12041129.

Nordic Pole Walking for Individuals With Cancer: A Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial Assessing Physical Function and Health-Related Quality of Life. Cunningham E, Weaver RR, Lemonde M, Dogra S, Nonoyama ML. Rehabilitation Oncology. 38(2):81–91, April 2020. doi: 10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000204.

Physiological response and cardiorespiratory adaptation after a 6-week Nordic Walking training targeted at lipid oxidation in a group of post-menopausal women. Cebula A, Tyka AK, Tyka A, Pałka T, Pilch W, Luty L, Mucha D. PLoS One. 2020 Apr 1;15(4):e0230917. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0230917. eCollection 2020.

The Effect of Nordic Walking Training with Poles with an Integrated Resistance Shock Absorber on the Functional Fitness of Women over the Age of 60. Marciniak K, Maciaszek J, Cyma-Wejchenig M, Szeklicki R, Maćkowiak Z, Sadowska D, Stemplewski R. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Mar 25;17(7):2197. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17072197.

Effect of Calanus Oil Supplementation and 16 Week Exercise Program on Selected Fitness Parameters in Older Women. Daďová K, Petr M, Šteffl M, Sontáková L, Chlumský M, Matouš M, Štich V, Štěpán M, Šiklová M. Nutrients. 2020 Feb 14;12(2):481. doi: 10.3390/nu12020481.

Vitamin D and Indices of Bone and Carbohydrate Metabolism in Postmenopausal Women Subjected to a 12-Week Aerobic Training Program-The Pilot Study. Nowak A, Dalz M, Śliwicka E, Elegańczyk-Kot H, Kryściak J, Domaszewska K, Laurentowska M, Kocur P, Pospieszna B. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Feb 8;17(3):1074. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17031074.

Nordic walking training in elderly, a randomized clinical trial. Part II: Biomechanical and metabolic adaptations. Gomeñuka NA, Oliveira HB, da Silva ES, Passos-Monteiro E, da Rosa RG, Carvalho AR, Costa RR, Rodríguez Paz MC, Pellegrini B, Peyré-Tartaruga LA. Sports Med Open. 2020 Jan 13;6(1):3. doi: 10.1186/s40798-019-0228-6.

[Use of Nordic walking in the complex treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms in chronic prostatitis]. Borzunova YM, Alentev AM, Borzunov IV. Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 2020;97(2):45-51. doi: 10.17116/kurort20209702145. In Russian.

Effect of 12-Week Interventions Involving Nordic Walking Exercise and a Modified Diet on the Anthropometric Parameters and Blood Lipid Profiles in Overweight and Obese Ex-Coal Miners. Sadowska-Krępa E, Gdańska A, Rozpara M, Pilch W, Přidalová M, Bańkowski S. Obes Facts. 2020;13(2):201-212. doi: 10.1159/000506403. Epub 2020 Mar 25.

The Therapeutic Effect of Nordic Walking on Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's Disease: A Pilot Study. Wróblewska A, Gajos A, Smyczyńska U, Bogucki A. Parkinsons Dis. 2019 Dec 27;2019:3846279. doi: 10.1155/2019/3846279. eCollection 2019.

Nordic Walking as an effective physical activity for weight loss among overweight young adults in high schools. Runenko SD, Achkasov EE, Volodina KA, Zhukovskaya AV, Mushkambarov NN, Butko DY. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2020 Feb;60(2):294-301. doi: 10.23736/S0022-4707.19.10093-X. Epub 2019 Oct 25.

Effects of diet combined with Nordic walking or walking programme on weight loss and arterial stiffness in postmenopausal overweight and obese women: The Walking and Aging Verona pilot study. Rossi AP, Muollo V, Fantin F, Masciocchi E, Urbani S, Taylor M, Caruso B, Milanese C, Capelli C, Schena F, Zamboni M. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2019 Oct 4:2047487319877712. doi: 10.1177/2047487319877712. Online ahead of print.

Changes in perceived quality of life and subjective age in older women participating in Nordic Walking classes and memory training. Leś A, Guszkowska M, Piotrowska J, Rutkowska I. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2019 Oct;59(10):1783-1790. doi: 10.23736/S0022-4707.19.09588-4.

[Promoting physical activity and strengthening team cohesion]. Michel G. Rev Infirm. 2019 Oct;68(254):32. doi: 10.1016/j.revinf.2019.08.004. Review. In French.

Benefits of a Pole Walking Program Offered by Community Organizations on Physical Fitness, Psychological Well-Being, and Cognitive Function Among Older Adults. Fournier B, Lussier M, Bier N, Filiatrault J, Parisien M, Chagnon M, Mathieu MÈ. J Aging Phys Act. 2019 Sep 1;27(5):653–662. doi: 10.1123/japa.2018-0055.

Mondor's disease after extensive training with Nordic walking. Hemsing AL, Reikvam H. Oxf Med Case Reports. 2019 Aug 28;2019(8):omz075. doi: 10.1093/omcr/omz075. eCollection 2019 Aug.

The effects of exercise and diet program in overweight people - Nordic walking versus walking. Muollo V, Rossi AP, Milanese C, Masciocchi E, Taylor M, Zamboni M, Rosa R, Schena F, Pellegrini B. Clin Interv Aging. 2019 Aug 28;14:1555-1565. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S217570. eCollection 2019.

Cognitive functioning enhancement in older adults: is there an advantage of multicomponent training over Nordic walking? Temprado JJ, Julien-Vintrou M, Loddo E, Laurin J, Sleimen-Malkoun R. Clin Interv Aging. 2019 Aug 22;14:1503-1514. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S211568. eCollection 2019.

Nordic walking and standard exercise therapy in patients with chronic heart failure: A randomised controlled trial comparison. Prince SA, Wooding E, Mielniczuk L, Pipe AL, Chan KL, Keast ML, Harris J, Tulloch HE, Mark AE, Cotie LM, Wells GA, Reid RD. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2019 Nov;26(16):1790-1794. doi: 10.1177/2047487319871215. Epub 2019 Aug 19.

Nordic walking for women with breast cancer: A systematic review. Sánchez-Lastra MA, Torres J, Martínez-Lemos I, Ayán C. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2019 Nov;28(6):e13130. doi: 10.1111/ecc.13130. Epub 2019 Aug 6.

Exercise for Parkinson's disease. Mak MKY, Wong-Yu ISK. Int Rev Neurobiol. 2019;147:1-44. doi: 10.1016/bs.irn.2019.06.001. Epub 2019 Jun 27

Effect of 8-week Nordic walking training on nondominant hand grip and shoulder strength in middle-aged women. Kwak DJ, Kim KT, Kang GM, Park YJ, Lee HL, Kim MK. J Exerc Rehabil. 2019 Jun 30;15(3):414-418. doi: 10.12965/jer.1938226.113. eCollection 2019 Jun.

Improvement of Attention, Executive Functions, and Processing Speed in Elderly Women as a Result of Involvement in the Nordic Walking Training Program and Vitamin D Supplementation. Lipowski M, Walczak-Kozłowska T, Lipowska M, Kortas J, Antosiewicz J, Falcioni G, Ziemann E. Nutrients. 2019 Jun 11;11(6):1311. doi: 10.3390/nu11061311.

Do poles save energy during steep uphill walking? Giovanelli N, Sulli M, Kram R, Lazzer S. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2019 Apr 24. doi: 10.1007/s00421-019-04145-2.

Unique controlling mechanisms underlying walking with two handheld poles in contrast to those of conventional walking as revealed by split-belt locomotor adaptation. Obata H, Ogawa T, Nakazawa K. Exp Brain Res. 2019 Apr 17. doi: 10.1007/s00221-019-05541-y.  

Benefits of a Pole Walking Program Offered by Community Organizations on Physical Fitness, Psychological Well-Being, and Cognitive Function Among Older Adults. Fournier B, Lussier M, Bier N, Filiatrault J, Parisien M, Chagnon M, Mathieu MÈ. J Aging Phys Act. 2019 Mar 26:1-10. doi: 10.1123/japa.2018-0055.

Improved functional capacity in Huntington disease after Nordic walking training: A case report. Martínez-Lemos RI, Domínguez-Pérez C, Seijo-Martínez M, Ayán-Pérez C. Neurologia. 2019 May 15. pii: S0213-4853(19)30058-1. doi: 10.1016/j.nrl.2019.01.006. [Epub ahead of print] In English, Spanish.

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Nordic Walking Training in Improving the Gait of Persons with Down Syndrome. Skiba A, Marchewka J, Skiba A, Podsiadło S, Sulowska I, Chwała W, Marchewka A. Biomed Res Int. 2019 Apr 15;2019:6353292. doi: 10.1155/2019/6353292. eCollection 2019.

Effect of Physical Activity on the Quality of Life in Osteoporotic Females Living in Residential Facilities: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Nawrat-Szołtysik A, Miodońska Z, Opara J, Polak A, Matyja B, Małecki A. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2019 Apr/Jun;42(2):98-104. doi: 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000154.

Exercise Training in Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer During In-Hospital Chemotherapy Treatment: A randomized controlled trial. Rutkowska A, Jastrzebski D, Rutkowski S, Żebrowska A, Stanula A, Szczegielniak J, Ziora D, Casaburi R. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2019 Mar;39(2):127-133. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000410.

Effects of Nordic walking training on quality of life, balance and functional mobility in elderly: A randomized clinical trial. Gomeñuka NA, Oliveira HB, Silva ES, Costa RR, Kanitz AC, Liedtke GV, Schuch FB, Peyré-Tartaruga LA. PLoS One. 2019 Jan 30;14(1):e0211472. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0211472.

Occupational therapy with Nordic walking and therapeutic touch: A pilot study for multidisciplinary rehabilitation in Parkinson's disease. Olivares A, Comini L, Orfano J, Froldi M, Vezzadini G. NeuroRehabilitation. 2019;45(1):125-134. doi: 10.3233/NRE-192772.

[Prevention of disoders of activity which associated with the risk of dynapenia and sarcopenia by combined aerobic-anaerobic training.]. Ivko KO, Prashchayeu KI, Ilnitski AN, Mamedov MN, Burtsev AK. Adv Gerontol. 2019;32(1-2):203-206. In Russian.

To see more studies and articles, use (for example) the words "nordic walking", "pole walking" and "nordic pole walking" when searching on databases like Medline (Pubmed), Cochrane (Cochrane Library) and the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro).