Rucking – Preparation and Avoiding Common Mistakes
Note how extensively we have talked about rucking in our previous articles. By now you are surely well acquainted to some of the pros and cons of rucking. Diving further let’s talk about this awesome workout or training program. Let’s look at how we can properly prepare for a ruck march, some common errors and how to avoid them.
Preparation – Important items to have
Whether you are a beginner or experienced at rucking, this is the first thing you should do. Decide when, where and how long you want to ruck for. You can do short rucks on pedestrian walks (by the road side). You’ll want to do longer rucks out in the wild (forest reserve, mountain and hill tops). Going on rucks involves more than just carrying a weighted backpack from your start point to your finish point and back. You’ll need to know the essential gear or items that are needed in order to have a successful ruck workout.
Some of these essential rucking items include:
Standard Boots: Avoid going on rucks with fancy or substandard boots. Always ensure that your boot has enough space in it in order to reduce foot and ankle injuries.
Water: Going on a ruck without water is like going a on a road trip without gas. Take as much water as possible for the ruck and ensure that you drink as much as possible to keep yourself hydrated throughout the ruck.
Snacks: Take snacks that are quite easy to consume on the go in order to keep yourself energised.
Electrolyte: Take some electrolyte drinks or tablets along. This is because you are likely to sweat frequently and those lost electrolytes needs to be replace.
Hat/Cap: This is helps to keep rain, sweat and even the sun rays out of your face and eyes.
Clothing: Strive to go on rucks with extra clothes and clean pairs of socks because you may decide to change your clothes as a result of sweating.
Torchlight: If you’re rucking at night, having that extra eye (a torchlight) might just come in handy.
Cell phone: This can be very handy when you’re out rucking alone. This is because you may hurt yourself and will need to call 911 (for help) if there’s an emergency.
Rucking Errors to Avoid
If you’re an amateur or just about to ruck for the first time, here are some mistakes you should never make;
- Maintaining a proper diet is highly essential before going on rucks. This is because the human body is a fuel burning machine and it needs food to function efficiently.
- Always avoid carrying a too heavy weighted backpack. Know what the perfect fit is for you and do not exceed your limit. You will be tempted because you want get a faster result and prove a point that you’re stronger than you look.
- While rucking, avoid walking too fast or running in order to avoid impact injury.