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Fit Tip: Walk in Reverse

We're always looking for new ways to get moving and to challenge our muscles. Yesterday I saw two women walking up a rather steep San Francisco hill backwards and I thought, "good idea!" An easy way to change things up is by walking backwards (start slow until you get used to the motion). Just like going in reverse on the Elliptical machine, walking backwards forces your leg muscles to work harder and in different ways. And just like reverse lunges, walking backwards puts less stress on the knee joint compared with walking or running forward. Try it out and if you do then remember not to worry what others think about you at the gym.

Fit's Tip: If you are going to try walking backwards then do it someplace safe and free of obstacles like the treadmill or a track.


jdlaughead jdlaughead 8 years
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jdlaughead jdlaughead 8 years
The advantage of walking up a hill backwards, is it's easier, because you are pushing your feet instead of pulling your feet. It is also great to work those muscles. Also if you are walking alone a road and the other side of the road doesn't have much space to safely walk forward, walk on the other side backwards, as you can see the cars coming.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
HE has ZEXY legs. =P
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Good idea, but I'll have to save it for the end of my walks with my dog...we can walk backwards in the parking lot by my house. Otherwise, I think lots of people would stop me and ask me what the heck I was doing!
rpenner rpenner 9 years
well this may be a good exercise move, i'd definitely look twice if i saw someone doing this! but i'd probably give it a try. i love going backwards on the elliptical
AshleySunshine AshleySunshine 9 years
I do this every time I'm on the treadmill. You might need to slow down your normal walking speed and/or decrease the incline a little so you don't fly off the end. It's a good workout though and surprising less embarrassing than you would think - Nobody seems to even notice that I'm walking backwards.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I would fall and hurt myself!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
I got in trouble at the gym for using it backwards. hahaha
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I would fall off of the treadmill!
ovenmitt ovenmitt 9 years
i would need to go to the gym at 5am when no one is there to try this on a treadmill!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I would get laughed at hahahaha!
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