Nordic walking in fibromyalgia: A means of promoting fitness that is easy for busy clinicians to recommend

Kim Jones

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    A total of 67 women with fibromyalgia were recruited to an exercise study and were randomized to moderate-to-high-intensity Nordic walking (age 48 ± 7.8 years) or to a control group engaging in supervised low-intensity walking (age 50 ± 7.6 years). A total of 58 patients completed. Significantly greater improvement in the 6-minute walk test was found in the Nordic walking group P = 0.009), compared with the low-intensity walking group. A significantly larger decrease in exercise heart rate (P = 0.020) and significantly improved scores on the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire Physical function P = 0.027) were found in the Nordic walking group as compared with the low-intensity walking group. No between-group difference was found for the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire total or pain scores. The authors conclude that moderate-to-high intensity aerobic exercise by means of Nordic walking twice a week for 15 weeks was found to be a feasible mode of exercise, resulting in improved functional capacity and a decreased level of activity limitations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number103
    JournalArthritis Research and Therapy
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 16 2011


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Rheumatology
    • Immunology
    • Immunology and Allergy
    • Medicine(all)

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