Want to get fitter? Start running backwards
A new study has suggested that running in reverse could make you fitter than running forward.
Despite its fashionable status, reverse running is not new. It emerged as an activity in its own right in the 1970s, when sports doctors began recommending it to injured athletes.
Physiotherapists approve of it because running backwards reduces impact on the joints. It`s often recommended for rehabilitation from knee and back problems.
Overall, many experts say, it is a more efficient way of a fast-forward route to fitness, reports the Daily Mail.
The study at South Africa`s Stellenbosch University showed that the technique improved cardiovascular fitness. Researchers looked at the effects of a six-week, thrice-weekly backward-running programme on female students compared with a group who stuck to their regular activity schedule.