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July 31, 2022

Walking Backwards

Hard on the heels of this past Wednesday's "Running Backwards" post comes this much easier variation.

I first started walking backwards when my knee(s) got sore from running, as an experiment: I figured maybe there was some sort of imbalance created by dominance of the muscles that powered forward running.

In my experience it works: what I do is time 1-minute intervals of backwards walking on my treadmill, holding on to the support bars on the side.

I recommend starting at a very slow pace so you feel stable before upping the speed.

You don't need a treadmill, though: just find a place that's level and smooth and free of obstacles and have at it. 


a backwards walk in my backyard.

No need to persist for any fixed duration: just do what you feel like doing.

I figure it can't hurt and more likely than not will help with not only muscle imbalance but also balance in general.

After I finished creating this post I wandered over to YouTube to see if walking backwards was a thing: wow!

July 31, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


What if you can't avoid exercising in a place where there are just a few other people doing their frontwards walking thing, and you're going backwards but with the flow of traffic and you still manage to plow into somebody who's not paying attention to your inability to see what's behind/in front of you, or maybe someone just stops cold dead in your path? It could happen.

I'm with tamra on this, I'll stick with the original hip joints.

How about a big, flat, empty parking lot, with knee and elbow pads and a helmet?

Posted by: Flautist | Aug 1, 2022 11:40:25 AM

Curious that you start a post on walking backwards with the phrase, "Hard on the heels...". Freudian slip?

Posted by: Rick | Aug 1, 2022 7:41:14 AM

Mmm mmm, not until I have eyes in the back of my head or I develop sonar. Hip replacement doesn’t appeal to me.

Posted by: tamra | Jul 31, 2022 8:18:02 PM

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