Ruck or Run?

There are many ways for everyone to get fit nowadays. And it doesn’t matter your ability level, there is something for everyone. Back in the day when I was a teenager (this was the 1990’s), I thought you had to run mile upon mile everyday in order to lose weight or be fit. Turns out I was wrong. Besides running sucks. However, there a few things in my life I enjoy that involve running, such as doing Spartan Races. Maybe I am a sucker, but I enjoy the suck. But running mile upon mile isn’t always for everyone. Running makes you tired, makes your legs and back hurt, and your lungs are always on fire.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something that you could do besides running that doesn’t suck as bad as running, and gives you all the benefits of running? There is; look no further then your military. Behold the power of rucking. So what is rucking? In simple terms its walking with weight in a backpack.

Benefits of rucking

  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Burns more calories than plain old walking
  • Less force and stress on the body then running
  • Improved Strength
  • Improved posture, balance, and stability
  • Gets you outside for some fresh air and some Vitamin D delivered from the sun

Getting Started

To get started you will need a sturdy backpack, some weight, good footwear, and a bit of your time. When you are starting out, don’t do it every day. Aim for about 10% your bodyweight in your ruck at first, and no longer than 30 minutes, although I recommend starting with 15-20 minutes. Gradually increase the pace, time, distance, and weight. I promise if you are consistent you will see awesome results.!!

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