Today I walked backwards through my neighborhood.
As if my neighbors do not find my activities broad enough (doing Crossfit workouts in the driveway, cycling one day, running intervals the next, yoga on my back deck, rollerblading, doing Insanity plyometrics on the front lawn) I have decided to make them think I am super-intense. Or that I have eyes in the back of my head, which a random lawn worker asked me as I rounded the block.
I also took this journey right in the middle of the day in about 90-degree weather. I guess I was hoping to get a tan as well. I just needed a break from the computer and I wanted to challenge myself. You walked 5 miles on the beach last week, so unless you do at least 5 miles through the neighborhood you aren’t pushing yourself enough. That’s my perfectionism (and OCD) getting to me.
I highly suggest walking backwards (if you’re not shy of looking strange to passerbyers… passerbys?) because it works different muscles in your legs. It makes for a great “rest day” walk and about 20-30 minutes is all you need. I suggest trying it on a treadmill at the gym in-between weight sets.
Benefits of Walking Backwards:
- enhances your stability and balance
- good for posture (you can’t hunch forward)
- works calves and hamstrings as well as your achilles and arch of the foot
- increases your heart rate a little more than regular walking
Try it and let me know how you feel! Then eat this for an easy, vegetarian dinner.