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

  1. Sharpens your thinking skills and enhances cognitive control (FOCUS)
  2. The targeted focus on the quadriceps (front of thighs) and calves. In forward walking, we are mostly using our hamstrings and glutes.
  3. Less strain on knees, because less range of motion required
  4. Can increase flexibility in your hamstrings
  5. 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.

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