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Fit Tip: Got Knee Pain? Run Downhill Backwards

If you love to run but hate running downhill because of knee pain, give this technique a try. Run downhill backwards to take pressure off your knees. Step slowly and with control to avoid smacking your feet down, which will prevent your joints from jarring. Not only will it relieve discomfort in your knees, but working your muscles differently will make your legs stronger and also help prevent overuse injuries in other areas of your body. Just be sure to alternate looking over both shoulders so you don't strain your neck.


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teegaall teegaall 7 years
I tried it once last month. It was a bit scary at first but if you start off at a slow pace (one you'd use to walk regularly), it's pretty easy and fun.
carbizkate carbizkate 8 years
What an interesting idea! Maybe I'll give it a try sometime!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
o.O are you serious?? i already have a fear of falling (upstairs or down). LOL i am so not going to do this, even with my bad knees. thanks for the tip though.
katyharper katyharper 8 years
I picture myself falling down the hill like Wesley in "The Princess Bride."
heyilovey0u heyilovey0u 8 years
Haha to fuzzles! And this is a new trick.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years will take away your knee pain because you'll be distracted by the terror of falling backwards down a hill! ;)
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
wow, I would just ... topple over. But it sounds like a great tip for the more coordinated among us!
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I've already got one crack in my butt, and don't need another! ;)
michlny michlny 8 years
do not try this at home :)
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
I'd fall flat on my butt
Tiger_Lily Tiger_Lily 8 years
sounds.. dangerous
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