One of the hottest trends in fitness is something you probably did as a kid, and for those of us in cities where we walk to and from work, continue to do. It’s called ‘rucking,’ and all it means is walking with weight on your back. The benefits include greater caloric burn, back strengthening, and increased endurance. It also requires minimum expenditure; all you need is a backpack and something heavy to put inside.
Rucking – The Hot New Fitness Trend
American soldiers have been doing a simple fitness activity since the American Revolution, and it’s helped turn our military into the fittest, most feared fighting force in the history of the world.
That activity: rucking, or walking with a weighted pack on your back. We think it can actually make you a better man. (And for a complete plan to lose 10, 20, 30 pounds or more—along with hundreds more easy and effective health, nutrition, and life hacks.
The activity gets its name from “ruck sacks,” which is military speak for “backpack.” “Rucking” is marching or walking while wearing your ruck sack (which is always loaded down with gear).
In training camps and in the field, soldiers may ruck up to 25 miles (or more) a day, grunting a pack that weighs upwards of 200 pounds.
But to build the body of a Navy SEAL, you don’t have to (nor should you) carry a pack weighing the equivalent of grown man. Just add a bit of weight to any old pack you have lying around the house, take a walk, and you’ll open up a whole new world of fitness.
“Rucking is great for the average person,” says Doug Kechijian, Doctor of Physical Therapy at Peak Performance, in New York City, and a former US Special Forces soldier. “It’s simple, and it delivers a lot of health and fitness benefits.”
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