Over the past few years, it really does seem like humanity has regressed as a whole. We’ve been hit with a pandemic, the climate hates us, a world war is about to kick off and people have replaced having a personality with publishing their daily Wordle scores. So, it’s only fitting that in the context of everything seemingly going backwards, that reverse running is taking off as the new exercise trend.
So, what is reverse running I hear you ask? Well, the answer is kind of in the name. Instead of looking forward to the future, you instead look behind you and run backwards it as if you are trying to travel back into the past, to a simpler time before we’d ever heard of COVID or even knew where Ukraine was on the map.
It looks ridiculous, but apparently it’s a pretty effective form of exercise that gets your heart rate up. It’s also better for your knees than the traditional forward-facing running first invented by early humans thousands of years ago and then perfected by Usain Bolt more recently.
A former British soldier, Jamie Alderton, says that the exercise is actually employed in military training. “I found out I was good at reverse running when I was in the Army,” he told the Daily Mail. “They used to beast us by making us run backwards up a hill in Salisbury. I was the only person who enjoyed it.” Personally, if I were in the army, I would make sure to perfect my reverse running skills so that I could retreat from the enemy as quickly as possible.
Plus, reverse running can also help with rehabilitation for runners prone to injuries. “It’s good for when you’re recovering from things such as ligament tears, broken ankles and Achilles injuries,” physiotherapist Nicola Kennedy told the Daily Mail. It is great for your physical health, though it’s not great for your mental health when you have to deal with odd stares as other runners slowly run by you whilst making direct eye-contact like you’re facing each other on a slow-moving train. Also, you have to get used to people heckling: “You’re going the wrong way!” which is peak comedy.
Reverse runners have also discovered that this running style can confuse dogs because when dogs see your back, they presume you’re running away from them, and then they freak out as you get closer and closer like you’ve broken the space-time continuum. Of course, this is just further evidence that dogs are idiots and their opinions on reverse running should, thus, be disregarded.
So if you’re looking for a new exercise fad that’s perfect for these regressive times, have a go at reverse running. It’s certainly not as embarrassing as tweeting your Wordle score every day.