Cooper Institute Study – Pole Walking Results in Approximately 20% Increase in Oxygen Consumption

A study by the Cooper Institute showed that pole walking resulted in approximately a 20% increase in oxygen consumption and energy expenditure compared to regular walking at the same speed. Thus, the implementation of upper body muscular work while walking increases the amount of calories burned.

This finding has important health implications as an individual who employs walking with poles as opposed to regular walking into their regular fitness program will significantly increase the amount of calories burned particularly over an extended period of time. Visit External Link

A. Karawan, J.P. Porcari, N.K. Butts, A.M. Postmus, L. Stoughton, & J. Larkin.
Effects Of 12 Weeks Of Walking Or Exerstriding On Upper Body Strength And Endurance
La Crosse Exercise and Health Program, UW-La Crosse and Lutheran Hospital, La Crosse, WI