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Walking has always been one basic exercise that anyone can do anytime and anywhere. But it’s time to reinvent the wheel a little. Today, we are asking you to put on reverse gear and walk backward.
You must be thinking that we have gone nuts but we’re in total control. In fact, science backs us as well!
According to a study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, reverse walking and running is a brilliant cardio exercise with results showing significant improvement in overall weight loss as well as body composition.
But that’s not all, it has so much more to offer. Want to know? Then here you go.
Here are the five benefits of reverse walking that makes it a perfect cardio routine:
1. Improves coordination
According to the world-renowned sportswear brand Adidas, reverse walking improves coordination.
Of course, you are going against your usual motion and that means you need better coordination of your body. Your mind should be able to guide you better as well. Therefore, it also helps in improving your focus.
2. Strengthen your legs
We usually walk forward and therefore, there are certain muscles that are there at the backside of our legs that don’t get involved. So, when you do reverse walking, those muscles also get in motion and make your legs stronger.
3. Puts less strain on your knees
According to a study published in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, people who have knee pain or had an injury can use reverse walking for rehabilitation as its impact on your knee is very low.
In fact, another study published in the Journal of Biomechanics also found that reverse or backward running reduced anterior knee pain.
4. Has a therapeutic effect
Surprisingly, it’s true! According to a study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, backward walking helps in improving balance and it releases happy hormones that keep your senses calm.
5. Prevent back pain
Do you know that if you lack flexibility in your hamstrings then it can lead to lower back pain? And a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine stamps it too! That’s why we are suggesting reverse walking for at least 15 minutes every day to prevent it.
And of course, weight loss is inevitable with reverse walking as we have mentioned earlier.
Now let’s hit the tricky terrain. There is no denying that reverse walking has a lot in store for you but you need to be a little cautious while attempting it.
Please remember these things before you indulge in reverse walking:
Now, people, you are good to go. Just lace up and get ready to rumble!