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The Effects of Walking or Nordic Walking in Adults 50 Years and Older at Elevated Risk of Fractures: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Isabel B Rodrigues, Matteo Ponzano, Debra A Butt, Joan Bartley, Zahra Bardai, Maureen C Ashe, Philip D Chilibeck, Lehana Thabane, John D Wark, Jackie Stapleton, Lora M Giangregorio

Journal of Aging and Physical Activity | Published : 2021


Walking is a common activity among older adults. However, the effects of walking on health-related outcomes in people with low bone mineral density (BMD) are unknown. The authors included randomized controlled trials comparing walking to control in individuals aged ≥50 years with low BMD and at risk of fractures. The authors identified 13 randomized controlled trials: nine multicomponent interventions including walking, one that was walking only, and three Nordic walking trials. Most studies had a high risk of bias. Nordic walking may improve the Timed Up-and-Go values (1.39 s, 95% CI [1.00, 1.78], very low certainty). Multicomponent interventions including walking improved the 6-min walk te..

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