The Secret to Better Health Might Be Walking Backward
don’t knock it until you try it: don’t criticize something before you have tried it
Imagine walking backward from San Francisco to New York City. In 1915, Patrick Harmon did just that. That’s almost 4,000 miles! Harmon did it to win a $20,000 bet, but did you know walking backward could make you healthier?
Walking backward strengthens different muscles and is easier on your knees. Doctors sometimes tell patients with low back pain or knee problems to do it. It’s also helpful for elderly people and patients recovering from strokes. Some athletes do it to stay agile and avoid injuries. The best part? It burns more calories than walking forward.
It also increases activity in the prefrontal cortex, improving memory and problem-solving skills.
So, next time you go for a walk, why not try walking backward for a little while? You might look a little strange but don’t knock it until you try it. It could be a great way to keep your body and mind healthy!
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