Keeping in shape for jumping...or riding in general.

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        01-24-2010, 11:21 PM
    Wink Keeping in shape for jumping...or riding in general.

    What do you guys do, or sports do you play to keep in shape for riding?

    I don't think ill have time for a sport in high school, because of the long practices 6 days a week. But what activites do you guys do to keep in shape?
    Id love ideas!!
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        01-25-2010, 12:11 AM
    Walking is really good. I know it doesn't seem like much but it really helps your legs and really your whole body. It's really good for you.
    I've started doing this thing where I powerwalk all around my stable's property carrying my saddle for extra weight, hahaha
    It seems to help!
        01-25-2010, 12:19 AM
    Green Broke
    I own my own horse and I'm lucky enough to ride everyday, so that keeps me fit :)
        01-25-2010, 04:35 AM
    Well, I do bush walking, bit of jogging, stable 'chores' (their fun!), riding itself and bit of bike riding. :)
        01-25-2010, 04:50 PM
    Green Broke
    Barn chores! They are one of the best ways to keep in shape. Strength training and cardio all in one.

    And RIDING. Haha.
        01-26-2010, 12:09 AM
    Pilates and stretching!
    Core strength is really important, especially if you've got a thin, short-wasted build like me. Your lumbar spine takes a lot concussion from things like sitting the trot, landing from a jump, or working around the barn, so having strong and supporting core can save you from back problems in the future.
    Flexibility is something I can't stress enough. You can build all the bulk you want, but if your muscles are tight then you can't use them! (I laugh at those body-builder guys who can't rest their arms at their sides!)
        01-26-2010, 07:08 PM
    Running actually helps a lot. I started running just to be healthy and then I noticed after a few weeks how much stronger it made my legs. It also helps with your endurance and stamina
        01-26-2010, 07:35 PM
    Not to be the off one, But I do cross Country running, Martal Arts (Judjitso/ Kempo)!

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