|Pic stolen from GoRuck.com
"Carrying a heavy backpack"... is about the best description you'll ever need! That's really it - hiking around with weight - which turns a light cardio workout into something serious.
A stronger core! Stronger bones! Enjoying the outdoors!
Here's Dr. Peter Attia talking about it (jump to 12 minutes)
- The races I'm planning involve carrying stuff while hiking. Adventure Races aren't just simple running, you have a pack with supplies on your back and you're in rough terrain that requires some degree of core strength... and the canoe race I'm doing will definitely include portaging.
- It's super easy to start (assuming you have weights and a sturdy backpack)
- I can turn a normal activity like walking my dog into a better workout by adding the weight!
I wanted to make sure it was something I would stick with before over investing, so I started with a backpack I already owned, put some weight plates from barbells we have into it, made it comfortable, and went! It's good enough for now.