CROSS-SHAPING – THE MORE EFFECTIVE NORDIC WALKING? RESULTS OF A BIOMECHANICAL FIELD STUDY
Keywords: prevention, health, spine, cross-shaping, nordic walking, walking
AbstractCross-shaping is a new developed kind of nordic walking. The main difference between nordic walking and cross-shaping is the use of special sticks with forearm shells and wheels. The purpose of this study was to analyze the health effects of cross-shaping and to compare the results with own previous studies of nordic walking. Results clearly show positive health effects from cross-shaping, which are more extensive than in walking and nordic walking. Cross-shaping is harmonious similar to cross-country skiing in classic style. Push off is more effective than in nordic walking. Upper body is more erected and spine is relieved and mobilized effectively. Large parts of muscles of the upper and lower extremities were physiologically trained effective. Positive effects on the cardiovascular system are increased considerably compared to walking and nordic walking.
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