Running Backwards: Why You May Want To Try It?


If you’ve seen those people running backward at the track or on the treadmill you may wonder why they would be doing that. Believe it or not, running backwards, or Retro Running, burns three to five times more calories than running forward. “Research shows that running one lap of a 40 meter track backwards provides the fitness equivalent of running six laps forward.”

Not only is this great to enhance weight loss, but for those who are busy, going backward burns more calories in a shorter period of time.

In addition to the extra calorie burn, running backwards is a great way to tone and strengthen your calves, hamstrings, glutes and back. “And there are hidden advantages to this novel approach. Running in reverse motion is said to make you fitter (and faster) than running forward. Another backward-running expert, James Bamber, says reverse running benefits include strengthening your foot muscles and improving your posture.”

Most surprising, reverse running is often recommended for injured runners or those with knee and back problems because it decreases the impact on your joints.

If you are getting tired of your current running routine and looking to change things up, Retro running may be a perfect move to mix up your workout and add variety to your regular routine!

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