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How to Boost Your Cardio with Backwards Running

Hitting a plateau? Maybe it's time to put things in reverse. explains how to incorporate backwards running into your workout.

From New Orleans Saints' WR Marques Colston and QB Drew Brees to Indiana Pacers' SF Danny Granger, many athletes are using backwards running to enhance agility, protect against injury and burn calories. Studies have shown that the toe-to-heel notion is gentler on the knees and requires 30 percent more energy.

If you want to incorporate backwards running into your cardio workout, check out's video on the Reverse Jog.

Some takeaway tips:

  • Push through floor off ball of foot
  • Reach back as far as possible with opposite leg
  • Maintain good arm swing
  • 4x10 using walking back as rest

For more odd ways to exercise, check out the 5 Weirdest Workout Trends


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