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    01-06-2011, 10:52 PM
  #11
Foal
I don't want to sound like I'm ringing my own bell here, but if anyone would like any tips or tid bits about health/nutrition/exercise - I am confident in my education concerning these things. I don't have any type of degree or official "schooling" for it, but I have done a lot of studying and research on this for years. I'm talking approx 8 years now. I am self taught.
The real work for me is putting my education and knowledge to USE for myself!! I KNOW how to lose the weight and get toned and in good health and in shape. It's just the matter of DOING IT.
     
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    01-07-2011, 12:19 AM
  #12
Yearling
Thanks! I'll definitely be doing the crunches and leg lifts. I used to do the plank all the time in phys ed and at basketball practice but after one to many falls (from my horse) and a kick to my lower back I can no longer due the plank. Something happened to my lower back so whenever I go to do the plank it feels like someone is driving nails in to my back. I'll try the others though.
     
    01-07-2011, 01:01 AM
  #13
Weanling
I got a question for you then, or anyone who has some suggestions.

I haven't ridden many horses over 15hh in the past 4 years, a lot of short little ones. I had no troubles ever getting on my last mare (who died 4 years ago) but after all that time I'm having a really hard time getting on my 5 year old I have now. She is over 16hh and all my limited height (5'2") is in my upper body, so my stirrups hang up higher too.

I know that there are mounting stools, fences, anything to climb up on, but I live in the middle of the prairie, if I have to get off while out on a ride I'm going to have difficulties getting back on.

So instead of practicing on a greenish, fidgety horse, any one have any ideas on how to increase my balance and leg strength to get on her gracefully?
I was thinking I should start doing the stairs in my building for a workout by seeing how many I can step at a time.
     
    01-07-2011, 01:17 AM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by DieselPony    
I got a question for you then, or anyone who has some suggestions.

I haven't ridden many horses over 15hh in the past 4 years, a lot of short little ones. I had no troubles ever getting on my last mare (who died 4 years ago) but after all that time I'm having a really hard time getting on my 5 year old I have now. She is over 16hh and all my limited height (5'2") is in my upper body, so my stirrups hang up higher too.

I know that there are mounting stools, fences, anything to climb up on, but I live in the middle of the prairie, if I have to get off while out on a ride I'm going to have difficulties getting back on.

So instead of practicing on a greenish, fidgety horse, any one have any ideas on how to increase my balance and leg strength to get on her gracefully?
I was thinking I should start doing the stairs in my building for a workout by seeing how many I can step at a time.
Doing the stairs would be a GREAT workout for your legs! Plus good cardio to ;) Start off by walking them, and then as you increase your strength and endurance go faster and stronger each time.

Also - lunges are great!!

Squats are great to - and actually my personal favorite

There's actually A LOT of leg exercises you could do. I think the stairs is a wonderful place to start!

TONING your Legs (and this will also tone your buns!!)
Try something like this routine:
STEPS 10-20 minutes of going up and down
Lunges 10 reps to start off (eventually you can increase the number so you keep working your muscles as they strengthen)
Squats 10 reps (same as above)
3-5 times per week

CARDIO
Cardio isn't just for those who want to lose weight, cardio contributes to a healthy life style and is good for your heart (and much more!) (well, unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from doing cardio - which is a reason why everyone should consult their physician before starting any type of workout program and/or diet program).
But back to the cardio - The stairs will be a great cardio workout! But if you want to add more cardio (other than just stairs) you could do jumping jacks (WONDERFUL EXERCISE!) and/or Jump Rope. Also running/jogging/walking is great cardio! And so is SWIMMING!!!

TIME
A good workout would normally be one that's approx. 30-60 minutes long.
But when in a hurry, a 10 min. Workout is better than none - so it's always good to work even just 10min. Into your schedule.

Good luck! Hope this helped.

ETA : One more thing - Why just leg exercises? When you mount, you use your arms/hands to help pull you up and over. I would also incorporate some arm/shoulder/hand exercises in as well if I were you.
Such as bicep curls
Military Press
Push ups
There's tons of arm/shoulder exercises! These are just 3 of my FAVORITE! :)
     
    01-07-2011, 03:26 AM
  #15
Started
Good luck!!!!! My new years reesalution is to learn to jump on my mare pocket!!!!!!
     
    01-07-2011, 12:40 PM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by JulieinPA    
I KNOW how to lose the weight and get toned and in good health and in shape. It's just the matter of DOING IT.
AMEN sister. Isn't this the truth!
     
    01-07-2011, 04:56 PM
  #17
Weanling
Thanks for the suggestions Juliein. I took the stairs coming home today(I live on the 7th floor), kind of a wake up call that the past month of sitting studying for finals hardcore than pigging out all holidays kicked my butt!

My plan starting Monday now (when my school semester starts so I'm on a schedule again) I'll get up with my BF when he goes to work, go down to ground level with him and then take the stairs back up. I'll do a couple sets of push ups and crunches and some weight lifting for my arms before I have to get ready to go for classes. I would do squats and lunges, but for now I have to limit to just 7 flights of stairs. I have a knee injury and it gets really angry if I over work it.
I don't have classes on Friday's so I'm going to suck up my fear of working out in public and hit up the gym at the uni, I'm paying for it, might as well use it.

My mare will thank me when I can climb aboard quickly and gracefully .
     
    01-07-2011, 11:10 PM
  #18
Weanling
Good luck to everyone that is working on making themselves a stronger person. I too am going to be working on losing weight, and getting back into shape. We are coming home for a month in May, and I have a goal set to lose 30 pounds by that time. My biggest issues is cooking/eating right. Well, and not exercising at all. I am learning to be a better cook. I know it would benefit my whole family.
     
    01-07-2011, 11:23 PM
  #19
Weanling
Good luck to you! I hope to finally get it together and lose some poundage this year. I've decided to do weight watchers with my friends. I've lost weight on my own before but it was really difficult and I gained it all back. (I lost it the proper way through diet and exercise and it took me several months) I'm hoping that with weight loss I can be more confident and it will help with my riding.
     
    01-07-2011, 11:39 PM
  #20
Super Moderator
Julie,

I just read your hearrending story. As a mom, I can imagine how painful it is to lose a baby. I didn't experience miscarriage, but I know lots of other women who have . It is VERY common, just not talked about very much. And I had a Csection too, and Vbac. (boys)

Anyway,one thing you migth look into is Overeaters Anonymous. I have done this before in my past, and it has been a revolutionary way of looking at our relationship with food. I lost a lot of weight some years ago, but for some reason in recent years , after regaining that weight, I have not been willing to do what it takes. At some point, one has to "put the food down", just as an alchoholic must put the bottle down. For some of us, there is no halfway measure. I just haven't been willing to give up my drug of choice; food!
I do know that setting concrete numbers for goals can backfire. If you come to a place where things go wrong and you are tempted to retreat into depression, it will make for a convenient weapon to castigate yourself if you havent met those goals. That sort of self critisism only leads to further eating and so on , and so on.
If you are a Christian, look to your faith in God and leave it in God's hands. God cannot lead the way if you won't let go of the reins.
     

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