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Stimulate Your Fitness IQ By Walking Backward

Walking Backward

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  • Walking backwards helps you to use muscles and movements that you probably rarely use, making it an ideal way to change up your exercise routine for greater fitness gains.
  • When you walk backwards, it puts less strain and requires less range of motion from your knee joints, which is useful for people with knee problems or injuries.
  • Backward walking may help relieve lower back pain, improve hamstring flexibility, burn more fat and calories in less time than traditional walking, improve balance and even sharpen your thinking skills and vision.
  • When walking backwards, do so in a safe location, such as on a track, to avoid falling over obstacles in your path; you can also take a buddy with you to act as your “eyes” and alert you to any upcoming dangers.

By Dr. Mercola

One of the challenges with staying fit, even if you exercise regularly, is avoiding the "plateaus" that occur as your muscles adapt to your workouts.


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