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.