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You know, you see those people at the gym, pedaling backward on the elliptical machine… Does it do any good? Not really. It’ll raise your heart rate a bit because the movements different from what you’re used to. And if you’ve got a knee injury, it may help because it targets the quads a little more… And stronger quads help stabilize the knee.

But according to personal trainer Adam Friedman, the benefits are mostly mental… That’s because when you get tired of going forward, pedaling backward is the perfect boredom-buster.