Nordic walking and well-being of senior walkers

Zurawik, Marta Anna ORCID: 0000-0002-4636-0373 (2012) Nordic walking and well-being of senior walkers. In: Research and Innovation Conference 2012, 26 - 27 June 2012, Bolton. (Unpublished)

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Most adults living in western societies miss the recommended level of 30 minutes' daily physical activity (British Heart Foundation, 2001; DH, 2011) which, when added to the fact that we are living longer, suggests that the associated risks present increasing concerns as we age. Walking is the most common daily physical activity. In addition, walking has known social benefits implicated in psychological wellbeing and quality of life; especially for older adults who prefer this type of lower intensity exercise. Nordic Walking is a form of exercise, based on marching technique. It makes an active use of specially designed poles. The growing interest in Nordic Walking endorsed researchers' attention to activity and its effects on human body. However, none research findings have explained its benefits on mental well-being. The key focus of this research study is to investigate potential influence of Nordic Walking on mental well-being in later life. Using the socio-ecological approach this research explores well-being of elderly people in the North West England and provides insight into determinants contributing to regular participation in Nordic walking. This study draws on data from close-ended questionnaires to chosen Nordic walking groups in the North West England. Questionnaires measure mental well-being with use of Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS) and the socio-ecological factors influence regular participation in the activity. The outcome of this study will produce some new evidence on the potential influences of regular participation in Nordic walking on mental well-being of elderly people. The research will also independent and original contribution to knowledge based on its socio-ecological approach, as it will be the first to investigate the socio-ecological influences on regular participation in the Nordic walking that may affect the growing popularity of Nordic walking in the North West England.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Paper presented at the University of Bolton Research and Innovation Conference 2012, 26 - 27 June 2012, Bolton.
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental well-being,Nordic walking,older people,socio-ecological perspective
Divisions: University of Bolton Conferences > Research and Innovation Conference > Research and Innovation Conference 2012
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:53
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 14:41

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