4 reasons why you should consider walking backwards for losing weight and gaining strength

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It is important to take up a physical activity or to exercise to stay fit and lose weight. You can also make exercising fun by doing HIITs, zumba, pilates, etc so that staying fit doesn’t become a bore or a task.

One of the new routines you can include in your fitness regime is walking backwards. Yes, this is something we did as children for fun but if you include this into your exercise routine, it can show some amazing results.

Physiotherapists at Obino, which is a mobile health and weight loss coach, say one should keep few things in mind before walking backwards. They suggest walking on a flat to avoid falling and keep looking over your shoulders to keep a check of anything in your way.

Walking backwards, as per the physiotherapists, improves heart activity and helps in losing weight

Here are 4 reasons why you should take up back walking

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Benefits of walking backwards

Benefits of walking backwards
1. Helps in knee injury rehab: Back walking requires less range of motion (ROM) in your knee joints. Compared to normal walking, walking backwards will reduce knee pain and also strengthen the joints. It also increases flexibility in your hamstrings and lower back, which helps in injury prevention.
benefits of walking backwards
2. Healthier cardiovascular system: As your body is not familiar with backward walking, it puts in extra effort, resulting in increase in heart rate. This causes higher calorie burning and a healthier cardiovascular system in a shorter time period
Benefits of walking backwards
3. Healthier nervous system: When you make an effort to adapt to a new movement, your mind, body and senses strive together to maintain balance and stay alert in order to avoid obstacles.This improves your vision and hearing skills too.
Benefits of walking backwards
4. As per various fitness experts, 100 steps backward walking is equivalent to 1,000 steps normal walking and it is good for hips, legs, and trunk.
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