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    06-07-2010, 06:41 PM
staying in shape?

How do you stay in shape and develop your fitness levels and muscle groups for riding?

I ask beacuse I feel I would preform better and get more from my horse if I was slightly more fitter and toned for the job!!
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    06-07-2010, 06:47 PM
The best muscle group to work is your core. Work with yoga, balance, and your abs, like curl-ups, working with a ball, etc.
    06-07-2010, 06:51 PM
O god build up my abs I really hoped nobody would say that I hate all that kinda workouts.

If its useful for my riding ill do it though.

Also how long do you ride ofr before it becomes a health benefit
    06-07-2010, 06:56 PM
I honestly don't do any type of excersize outside of riding and caring for my horses. It is amazing how good a shape loping circles all day will get you in.
    06-07-2010, 07:01 PM
At the moment im only riding two horses a day for roughly an hour each and no more stable cleaning as there at grass lost that exercise to!!

I just feel I could do an awful lot more for my riding!!
    06-07-2010, 07:06 PM
Can I loan you 4 or 5 that are broke but just need the crap rode out of them every day?
    06-07-2010, 07:09 PM
Hahaha you most certainly can!!! I have far to much time on my hands that I want to exercise that is a BAD sign!!
    06-07-2010, 07:31 PM
If you want to tone your legs, bareback riding helps with that.

As for the rest, working out in the gym and yoga helps. :)
    06-08-2010, 12:17 PM
I agree with Smrobs. I am highly resentful of excersize because I am slightly lazy and non-athletic, but I'm still in good shape from riding all the time. Posting actually works in sort-of the same way jogging does.....Eh. Sort of. Works good enough at least
    06-08-2010, 12:21 PM
I also have difficulty because of my disability. Working does keep you fairly in shape, if not through loss fat through gain of muscle. One thing I highly recomimend AGAINST however is jogging. Ellipticals and such should be fine, but I wouldn't do any sort of impact exercising because it'll screw your knees up.

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