My new workout regimen

I started rucking.

Even though I see a Personal Trainer, I can only see him once a week for a 60 minutes session due to scheduling issues. We primarily focus on weight training with some light cardio as a warm-up.

While 60 minutes is probably more than most people do (as most people do nothing), it is still not enough for my liking. Unfortunately, I don't particularly enjoy exercising (I like having it done, but not doing it), so I can't get myself motivated to train independently. Why I see a PT in the first place.

To still move my lazy ass on the remaining days, my trainer recommended going for brisk walks every day, 30 minutes per walk, at a speed of around ten minutes per kilometre. I added a spin to it: add weights. This is called rucking.

I first heard of rucking thanks to a backpack brand I like, Goruck. To quote them:

RUCK•ING [VERB] // Walking with a weighted rucksack (aka backpack). It implies action, energy, and purpose. Rucking requires strength, endurance, and character — and builds it, too.

Ignoring their whole life-changing marketing bla-bla, I have to admit rucking is a lot of fun. It's surprisingly easy. All you have to do is get a backpack, get something heavy, be it bricks, weights, heavy books or – the rich people version – multiple laptops and start walking.

I have a dog, so walking is already a habit. Either I go for walks with her, or she pees on the bathroom floor. I do this twice daily, in the mornings and the evenings, with the latter now being rucking sessions.

I currently ruck with ten kilograms on my back. I try to respect my PT's recommended 30 minutes and average around 11 minutes per kilometre. While I am not quite as fast as I should be, I have to say in my defence that these are still walks with my dog. I stop from time to time for her to do her business or bark at another dog.

My current goal is to increase my speed and reach the 10 minutes per kilometre (I may have to start rucking alone) and up the weights to 20 per cent of my body weight for the daily sessions.

At the end of every walk, I am tired as hell. This is taxing but not something I tend to realize while doing it. And the benefits, according to these people, are real.