It may sound a little crazy but soccer players do it all the time when they are playing - and they definitely include retrowalking as part of their training exercises.
Could you have a go yourself?
An easier and safer way to start is to add backward walking to your treadmill workouts, remembering to start with a SLOW speed - before progressing to some outdoors strolls
. Walking in reverse adds extra bouts of increased intensity, similar to brisk walking or a gentle run.
What health benefits can you expect?
- Retrowalking can help to improve your balance, by working on the functions of cerebellum which co-ordinates and balances the body movements.
- It can give a workout to some muscles you don't use as frequently when walking normally.
- It can help to prevent knee problems.
- It definitely improves your thinking skills. Obviously, you have to remain mentally sharp but your vision improves too.
- If you are experiencing back pain or lack flexibility in the hamstrings. walking backwards can help to prevent the pain.
- You will strengthen your leg muscles when you focus on walking backwards for a 15 minute work out.
Obviously, once you progress from walking backwards on a treadmill, you will need to find a safe place where you can do your thing, preferably one that is fairly level and hazard-free.