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    04-26-2010, 04:23 PM
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For a while I haven't been riding as much as I usually do, since my horse Stoeka died almost two months ago. I have made a promise with myself (and Night Heat) that I will go riding more often (at least four times a week).

But now the consequences of not riding so often has really set itself in, and my jumping position is atrocious as well as my ability to keep up with Night Heat...

Are there any ways to help get my fitness up again, because besides for horse riding and walking to school, I don't do any other exercise. (I know, I know, it's terrible)

Or is the only solution riding, riding and more riding.
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    04-26-2010, 04:25 PM
Besides riding, yoga is amazing !! Even if you only do 10 minutes a day you will notice a difference.
    04-26-2010, 06:53 PM
Don't worry. If you're riding 4 times a week, your muscles will come back quickly. Lots of trotting in half seat will get you a pair of solid legs within a few weeks.
    04-26-2010, 11:56 PM
As you ride more your fitness will improve. However I like to go running as well, running will get you fit very quickly! Just go for a jog a few times a week. Don't stop and walk when you feel a little out of breath, push yourself until you feel like you're going to die, then walk for a while, get your breathing under control and run again. Best way to get fit and burn calories is getting your heart rate going up and down ;)
    04-27-2010, 12:10 AM
I absolutely LOVE pilates for rider fitness. For those times when you're not in the saddle, it's the best (in my opinion, of course!) for keeping up your muscles and stretching you out! I highly reccomend it. I start every morning with 5-15 minutes of pilates, and it just calms me down completely, and it's a good time to plan out your day, or what you plan on working on when you go ride your horse!
    04-27-2010, 12:45 AM
Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
besides riding, yoga is amazing !! Even if you only do 10 minutes a day you will notice a difference.
Agreed! I started doing yoga 2 years ago and I've really noticed a difference in my riding. It makes me much more flexible and builds my core muscles. Plus, it doesn't take a lot of time and you can do it in any space, wherever you are
    04-27-2010, 04:55 AM
I'd love to try pilates or yoga, and I have heard that it is great for riding. I will definitely look for some books regarding one of those two, and try it out.

I will also try the running, because my dog gets frustrated when I walk all the time with her, so I will give her a surprise by running with her (that's if she doesn't drag me along the whole time).
    04-27-2010, 08:13 PM
Haha sounds fun! Look up pilates online, you can find lots of different moves to try. Find ones you like the best, and by doing those regularly, you will build extra strong core muscles in the same places rather than always trying to build muscles in different places (it's not going to work if you just do it once!).

Taking your dogs for runs will definitely be beneficial for both of you. Stamina is a very important part of riding! Good luck in your fitness training!
    04-27-2010, 08:21 PM
I have a collection of Yoga DVDs downstairs and they are a godsend! Even when you don't have a lot of time, you throw the mat down, throw the DVD in, and away you go - no classes to go to (unless you want to of course!), and no set schedule!

I agree with the dog suggestion too - if you have dogs, a run every once in a while is a great way to get in shape for you, and your dog will be over the moon that you took him/her out for a run!
    04-27-2010, 08:41 PM
Come on over, I'll put you to work mucking pens and stalls, and cleaning barns. You'll be ready to go riding in no time!

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