Retro Walking, in other words, walking backwards, is said to have originated in ancient China, where it was practiced for good health. In the modern world it has become quite popular in Japan, China and Europe, where people use it to build muscle, improve sports performance and improve balance.
If you are at loss for a new activity to try, consider walking backwards. Although it sounds strange, the benefits include:
- Improved balance
- Improved posture
- Less strain and less range of motion requirement from your knee joints.
- The quadriceps and claves get worked vs the focus being on hamstrings and glutes
- Improved flexibility in your hamstrings
- May help relieve lower back pain
- You expend more energy walking backwards vs forwards
Obviously, a risk of walking backwards outside is falling or tripping over obstacles, so start in a secure location. On the safer side, you can also walk backwards on the treadmill. Just start slow!
Recipe of the Week:
The epic snow storm meant getting creative with what was in the refrigerator. I served this Red Cabbage and Warm Spinach Salad as a side salad, but it would also be great topped with sliced, roasted chicken. Don’t be afraid to experiment, I substituted regular cabbage for red and prosciutto for the pancetta.
Quote of the Week:
“Our business in life is not to get ahead of other people, but to get ahead of ourselves.”
- Maltbie Babcock