Last week I shared one of my treadmill speed interval workouts. Today I’m sharing one of my trickier treadmill workouts, in reverse.
As I said in my last post, there are 6 reasons I actually enjoy using the treadmill , but it’s important for me that I also keep it interesting and challenging.
And this workout does just that!
What I love about this workout is that it makes you TUNE IN and focus on what you are doing.
So many times we get into such a workout routine, repeating the same movements over and over again, that we often zone out during exercise and therefore lose that important mind-body connection, which is where most of our physique and fitness progress is made – in that careful connection to the movement.
When you are continually turning around on a treadmill, and walking backwards, it’s not so easy to tune out.
There are other benefits of this workout too!
Benefits of Walking Backwards
- Sharpens your thinking skills and enhances cognitive control (FOCUS)
- The targeted focus on the quadriceps (front of thighs) and calves. In forward walking, we are mostly using our hamstrings and glutes.
- Less strain on knees, because less range of motion required
- Can increase flexibility in your hamstrings
- Increased heart rate, which means MORE CALORIES burned in the same amount of time as walking forward
Of course you can also enjoy the benefits of walking backwards outdoors, which I like to do in my neighborhood, especially uphill. It’s just as fun on a treadmill though. You just need to be extra careful, so I suggest you always hold on to the rails.