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West Virginia is ideally suited to this easy weight-loss exercise


​​With its walkable towns and seemingly limitless hiking trails, West Virginia is ideally suited to "rucking," an extremely accessible exercise growing in popularity both as a group pursuit and a solitary endeavor.

Rucking, or simply walking with a weighted backpack, is relatively easy and inexpensive and can provide for dramatic weight loss, according to Levi Moore, an outdoor adventure instructor working to expand the pastime in the Mountain State.

“Anywhere you can hike, you can ruck,” says Moore, who's become an adherent, thanks partly to the ease with which it can be accomplished.

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