Dr. Rajani Patil

Running Backwards - Is It For You ?

June, 2018
The Master Responds

If the idea of running backwards seems a little strange to you, rest assured it's not a new one. In fact it may be a great way to add some fun into your training, with the given benefits.

Running backwards! Yes it seems rather incredulous. But it has been used in training and as a part of general fitness in Japan and Europe for quite some time now. Many sports trainings specifically include backwards walking or running to engage specific muscles and to develop neuromuscular control. Backwards running, also known as retro running or reverse running, does have some research to back its benefits. Some studies have shown it to be beneficial as a part of rehab or return to sports after an injury. Backwards walking and running gives you a chance to work out the opposing muscles in your legs and calves. Muscle firing patterns are very different in backwards vs forwards running, creating more of a soft landing which can be useful to reduce joint loads, especially in the knees. Since we have spent all our lives walking and running forwards, it's time to add a bit of backwards running into your fitness program.

Why exactly should one take up backward running? Who is this for? Well, let’s look at the possible benefits of backwards running, other than quickly becoming the center of attention!

 
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