Ruck It Up is a brand new climbing occasion going down this June in Wakamow Valley to lift consciousness about psychological well being in Moose Jaw
For Brett Hagan, Chris Robart and Tyler Simpson, the connection between the act of rucking and psychological well being is obvious: each contain carrying a burden that may put pressure on the human physique.
The connection is why this staff of organizers have created Ruck It Up, a brand new fundraiser occasion that’s utilizing “rucking,” or strolling whereas carrying a weighted rucksack, to lift consciousness for psychological well being.
“Rucking implies motion power and goal, and it requires power, endurance and character, and likewise builds it too,” stated Hagan, on behalf of the organizing staff. “So we thought this might be one thing good to get the group collectively, share some tales, and hopefully assist out some psychological well being initiatives right here locally.”
Happening on June 26, Ruck It up will likely be a six-kilometre-long out of doors hike via the paths of Wakamow Valley. Members will likely be requested to take care of doctor distance on the paths and respect public well being orders.
It is open to all ages, stated Hagan, and everyone seems to be requested to deliver their very own rucksack equipped with no matter quantity of weight they select for themselves.
“You possibly can put something from two kilos as much as 50 kilos, it is simply what you need and the way a lot further work you wish to put in,” stated Hagan. “If individuals don’t need a backpack or in the event that they wish to simply go together with 5 kilos, that is undoubtedly okay. We simply wish to get individuals out and perceive what exercise rucking is.”
Registration for the out of doors occasion is $25 and all the proceeds will likely be donated to Journey to Hope to help with their psychological well being and suicide prevention initiatives.
Hagan stated the concept for Ruck It Up was impressed by the private psychological well being experiences of the co-organizers, in addition to the continuing pressure the pandemic has placed on train alternatives — which is commonly used as an outlet for individuals coping with stresses.
“Psychological well being has undoubtedly affected all of us in numerous methods,” stated Hagan. “And we thought, being that we’re caught inside [with the pandemic] this was a option to get exterior and nonetheless have individuals collectively, with masks and social distancing, however nonetheless getting a exercise in.”
Rucking, as an exercise, appeared like the correct selection for what Hagan, Robart and Simpson had been imagining for an occasion targeted on selling psychological well being consciousness.
“It is nice for resistance coaching and cardio all put collectively, having that backpack on with the burden. You get a pleasant core train, it helps with posture, and it is slightly bit extra aggressive than only a primary stroll or hike, so that you’re getting bodily power exercise,” stated Hagan. “Plus, being exterior in nature actually helps your psychological well being.”
It’s additionally very symbolic, stated Hagan, with rucking serving as a bodily illustration of how dealing with psychological well being can generally really feel like carrying a weight that nobody else can see.
“For individuals who perhaps do not cope with psychological well being points and don’t perceive the burden of getting to cope with psychological well being every day, having that backpack with further weight in your again is one thing that may give them slightly little bit of expertise of what it’s like,” stated Hagan.
Hagan additionally stated they selected to call the occasion Ruck It Up as a play on the widespread saying, “suck it up,” which they really feel is lengthy overdue to vanish from the vernacular surrounding psychological well being.
“[We should be] getting individuals to speak about psychological well being extra, quite than pushing every thing down,” stated Hagan. “Telling individuals to ‘suck it up’ is previous information [and] it doesn’t work.”
Hagan, Robart and Simpson are hoping to make the occasion an annual one every spring, to maintain placing a highlight on the significance of understanding psychological well being.