Pros and Cons of Rucking

2 girls rucking carrying multiple rucksacks

If you’re contemplating wether to start rucking or not and are looking for a quick thought of process, look no further cause we’ve got you covered.

Great Health BenefitsSome People Face Injuries Due to Poor Posture
Low Barrier to Entry – Anyone can do itBenefit of Rucking are not instant
Good way to lose weight
A Cheap Sport
Necessary for the military
Great Way To Meet People

Pros of Rucking

1- Great Health Benefits

Rucking is a form of LISS (Low Intensity Steady State) training. This means that Rucking is a workout that will not get you breathing heavily, but the workout duration is much longer. For example, If you’re participating a high intense sport like kickboxing, you’ll end up pouring in sweat and out of breath in the first 10 – 20 minutes. This is because kickboxing is a high intensity sport which requires quick movements. That definitely would not happen in rucking.

According to healthline, LISS training has benefits such as:

  • Improved blood circulation
  • Reduced stress
  • Leads to lower risk of heart disease
  • Improved brain function

2- Low Barrier of Entry

Are you able to walk? Do you have a backpack? Well there you go, you just checked off all the requirements needed to start rucking. Seriously though, that’s what makes this sport very attractive. It’s extremely easy to get started and can pay off greatly in health benefits.

3- Good Way To Lose Weight

Given how easy it is to start rucking, its definitely a sport worth looking into if you’re willing to lose weight. According to our rucking calculator, A woman weighing 150lbs who rucks for 1 hour can lose up to an estimated 580 calories in a single session.

Learn more about rucking for women.

4- Rucking Is Cheap

As mentioned before, it really doesn’t require much equipment to get started. All you really need is a backpack. With that said though, should you really get into it, its probably a good idea to invest in some good shoes and other gear for a much more comfortable experience.

Check out our compiled list of rucking gear that you can buy should you be on a tight budget.

5 – Necessary for the military

If you’re thinking of joining the military, its probably a good idea to start rucking as soon as possible. Their tough ruck march requirement of 12 miles in 3 hours is no joke.

Check out our rucking tips or our rucking beginner training program to get you started

6- Great Way To Meet People

Rucking is a great way to meet new people. You can do this by joining a local rucking club. You can do this by searching on Facebook for any rucking groups in your town or just check out GoRucks events.

Cons of Rucking

1 – Some People Face Injuries Due to Poor Posture

According to the Army Public Health Center, common injuries with rucking are:

  • Foot Blisters
  • Knee Pain
  • Stress Fractures
  • Nerve Compression injuries
  • Ankle Injuries

These can all be avoided with proper postures, managing the weight you’re carrying, and using proper rucking gear.

2 – Benefit of Rucking are not instant

Rucking is a long term kind of sport. This means that just like with any sport, you wont reap the results quickly. This is no magical diet pill. You really need to be patient and put in the work.

How do you overcome this.

My best advice is to simply try out the sport for a week or two and see if you enjoy it. If you manage to stay consistent and actually enjoy it, then you’re golden. Enjoy the process and the results you’re looking for will follow.

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