Running provides a lot of health benefits but for overall fitness, it is advisable to do different forms of exercise. i.e. cross-train. Supplementing running with cross-training can provide improved fitness, build strength and flexibility, prevent injuries by correcting muscular imbalances, quicker recovery, and prevents burnout.
If the idea seems a little strange to you, rest assured it’s not a new one. In fact, it may be a great way to add some fun into your training especially since the benefits of running backwards are many! Running backwards! Yes, it seems rather incredulous. But it has been used in training and as a part of general fitness in Japan and Europe for quite some time now.
Whether you are a new runner or a seasoned one, basic facts about ‘the right running shoe for you’ (unless you are a barefoot runner) are very important to understand and implement. Your choice of running shoes can make the difference between running in comfort or pain, and most importantly, whether you stay healthy or get injured. Too often I find runners experimenting with expensive shoes only to end up in pain. Understanding the basics of buying the right running shoe for you will save you lots of time, money and will keep you running for long.