There are times in life where you feel like you’re going in reverse, but when it comes to some exercise, it may actually be a good thing. A recent study shows benefits from moving backwards on a treadmill or elliptical machine.
When compared to forward movement, backwards walking seems to improve aerobic fitness, while developing stronger leg muscles more rapidly.
Changing directions is actually a good idea for a number of reasons. It challenges different muscles, plus improves agility and coordination. And if you exercise on a treadmill or elliptical, the variety may keep you more engaged in your routine…There you have it–you can make forward progress by going backwards.
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