Have You Ever Tried Running Backwards?

As I was reading Men's Health the other day, I found an interesting new workout: running backwards. This may sound odd, but I tried it yesterday and discovered that it's a truly fascinating concept! The workout involves running 400 meters (1/4 mile) at top speed, pushing yourself to reach the mark as fast as you can. Once you reach the goal, pat yourself on the back and give yourself a 2-minute break. After break time, though, run the 400 meters - this time running backwards! Try to run it backwards in less than twice the time it took you to run it normally. backwards (1) Now why is this an awesome workout? Simple:
  1. It takes a lot of strain off your knees. It does make your feet and ankles hurt a bit more, as they're not used to this type of motion (unless you're a boxer/martial artist). However, if you've got knee problems, running backwards will actually be a nice break for the ol' knees.
  2. It's different. Don't we all get bored of doing the same workout day after day? This way, running backwards is a great way to do something old in a brand new way.
  3. It's a great leg workout. Running doesn't really tire your legs out, as it's more of a cardio workout. However, running backwards actually works out your quads and calves very nicely. Your legs are used to propelling you forward, but they're not accustomed to backpedaling. This workout hits your shins, calves, and quads surprisingly well.
  4. It's supposedly better for your fat burning and cardio system. According to Todd Durkin - the trainer that came up with the workout - it burns more calories and gives your lungs that workout that you need.

crossfit backwards running

Pretty awesome idea, right? I loved the workout, though I can feel it in my shins still. I know what I'm doing next time I'm going running!

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