MANLY BLOGS: Cardio for the Man Who Hates Cardio – The Benefits of Rucking

I hate cardio.

Like some men who feel similarly, my hatred for cardio goes back to my sports playing days where running and sprinting were used by coaches as a form of tough love, i.e., punishment.

Mess up a play? Go run a lap. No, make that three.

Didn’t go hard enough during practice? 50 burpees for you.

Simply did something to irritate the coach? 40 gassers after practice.

While I respect men who can run long distances or who enjoy HIIT sessions, they’re like aliens from another planet to me. I just don’t understand the sadistic pleasure they take in cardio — “runner’s high” be damned.

Despite my aversion to cardio, I still made it a part of my workout routine because I knew it was good for me. But I usually bellyached about it. That is until I discovered a type of cardio work that I don’t despise and actually enjoy and look forward to doing. A type of cardio that has a bunch of other benefits besides heart health, to boot.

What is this wonder exercise?

Why rucking, of course.


article via: The Art of Manliness

Steve Miller

Entrepreneur, Sales and Marketing Consultant, Mental Toughness Adviser, student of Self-Mastery. Founder at The Manly Club website, leader of The Manly Club Facebook Group with over 15,000 members. Outdoor enthusiast, weather buff, muscle car lover, cabin nut. Loving life up here in the PNW (Oregon) with my beautiful wife and two young sons.

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