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Rucking Tip #1: Choose the proper rucksack

Rucking is more complicated than simply packing a hefty object into a backpack and heading out on a trek. By using a backpack that isn’t made for rucking, you risk damaging the bag over time, wearing out more quickly than you could otherwise, and even being hurt. A good rucking backpack is comfortable, strong, and made to hold “rucking plates.” A simple model costs $95 while more expensive ones cost several hundred dollars.

Rucking Tip #2: Choose the appropriate “rucking plates”

“Standard weights” are distinct from rucking plates. With dumbbells or kettle weights, standard weights are unevenly distributed away from the handle and will shift awkwardly. Rucking plates are made to be incredibly small, to fit inside a rucking backpack, and to remain placed inside. Some types feature handles on both sides to use for additional exercises. Use a light cover, throw, or yoga block to support it if you’re carrying weights without a bag made for them so they won’t move once the bag is closed.

According to a brief internet search, rucking weights range in weight from 8.75 lbs. to 45 lbs. and cost between $21 and $200, depending on the brand.

Rucking Advice #3: Choose the appropriate socks and shoes

Because your legs and feet support your body during rucking, wearing the right shoes is essential. What should you keep an eye out for while selecting rucking footwear? Rugged footwear, such as leather or synthetic nylon fabric, should be long-lasting, lightweight, and preferably water-resistant while still being breathable. Breathability is crucial because blisters can develop if water or moisture gets trapped in the shoes.

Take close attention to the boots’ glue and stitching. You generate greater torque than usual during rucking. The sole of the shoe should be soft, and comfortable, and offer adequate grip in both dry and wet conditions. These should be fitting, comfortable, allow for toe room, and offer adequate ankle support.

You should also think about socks while we’re talking about shoes. Some fans advise wearing just one pair of wicking, cushioned socks, while others advise wearing two pairs at all times to reduce the risk of blisters.

Two pairs of socks are always a good idea if you’re going to carry a backpack because you can always take one pair off if it gets too warm and put it in your bag. Alternatively, you might wear one pair and then layer the second pair over it if you find that you need them later.

Rucking Guideline #4: Maintain Hydration

Dehydration can result in headaches, cramps, fainting, exhaustion, fast breathing, and an elevated heart rate. Thus, staying hydrated is crucial. You’re probably not even aware of how dangerously dehydrated you are because you’re focused on other things rather than your own thirst. To stay properly hydrated during rucking, you can use a hydration bladder or a wide-mouth, heavy-duty BPA-free water bottle with a tight-fitting cap.

While being hydrated while rucking is key, it’s also crucial to make sure you’ve been drinking enough water for several days prior to your trip. Drink a gallon of water every day for two to three days before to your rucking trip.

Rucking Tip #5: Get Your Stuff Ready

Break-in your gear; the worst thing you can do is to go on a ruck wearing new shoes or boots. Wearing a look you’ve worn before is also a smart move. The last thing you want to do is put on something new only to discover that it makes you choke, pinch, or walk awkwardly. Even headwear needs to be taken into account; a hat that is too tight or too loose will impair your experience.

Rucking Tip #6: Start with low weights when rucking

It can be tempting to stuff as much weight as you can carry into a backpack in an attempt to get fitness rapidly, but doing so can hurt you. It’s ideal to keep the weight at 10% to 20% of your body weight when beginning. For most people, it is between 10 and 45 pounds. Before your body adjusts, adding more weight than that can hurt you or make you exhaust more quickly.

Rucking Tip #7: Join a group.

You can engage in rucking with others. The goal of the workout, unlike other types of exercise, is not to push yourself so hard that you can’t breathe. You’re pushing yourself too far if your rucking is so demanding that you find it difficult to breathe during a conversation. Also, maintaining your routine while rucking will be made easier by socializing.