Each day we put one foot in front of the other. Step by step we cover different distances on foot, without spending a minute to think about the process. Since we are so used to walking forwards, it is tough to suddenly start trying to walk backwards…
Why should we walk backwards?
It may sound strange or silly at first, but if you take a closer look at the technique, you will see that it has tons of benefits for your physical and mental health.
- sharpens the senses and mental clarity
- improves coordination
- boosts body consciousness
- adds variety to your training
- strengthens less used leg muscles
- decreases lower back pain
- puts less strain on the knees
- speeds up the body’s metabolism
- increases energy level
- improves sleep
- strengthens the heart
In order to reap all the benefits, you should walk backwards three to four times per week for 10 to 15 minutes. Since we practice “normal walking” every day without thinking about it, the body and the brain are forced to adapt to new, unfamiliar demands when you start walking in reverse. In China walking backwards is already becoming a part of everyday life.