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post #1 of 11 Old 08-22-2013, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping In Shape For Horse Riding

Anyone have any good exercises for people going to school or otherwise can't ride, but want/need to stay in shape for it?

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-22-2013, 04:08 PM
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Walking, running, cleaning the house, washing the car, gardening. All activities which involved stretching, bending and raising your heart rate constantly for more than 30 minutes keeps your in decent riding shape.

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Just for your info..Round is a shape and it took me 42 years to get it this perfect form of round...lol

stretch your legs apart and bend over to touch the floor flat palmed out in front, right between the legs and as far back between your legs as you can reach.. All flat palming with both hands then come up with hands on hip. Flat palmed out front counts 1, flat palmed between legs counts 2, reached back flat palmed counts 3 then back to hips is counted up.

Practice kick boxing to strengthen your balance. Take a couple of old pillows and attach them to a door jam in the house for privacy. Practice kicking about waist high to help balance and leg strength. Once you get good at that then add in a few straight punches between kicks.

Stand on a ball to work on balance and leg strength.

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post #4 of 11 Old 08-22-2013, 07:17 PM
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Skating/Rollerblading and yoga. Not that I'm a seasoned rider or anything but you need to keep your inner thighs strong and your body limber and balanced. And I'd throw in some sort of weighted exercise for your upper body and maintain a strong core... But in the end, I think only riding can mentally, physically, and otherwise keep you in shape for riding; you're bound to get a little rusty in one department or another if you don't do it regularly. :)
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Yoga!!
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-22-2013, 09:42 PM
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I second the yoga! I've slowly started getting more into yoga and just simple stretches and exercises such as lunges, crunches, squats, etc at home since its been too hot or I've been too busy to ride. I'm a busy college student and need to stay in shape so I'm liking this thread. :)
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-22-2013, 09:53 PM
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I vote pilates.
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-22-2013, 09:58 PM
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Invest in this book http://www.amazon.ca/The-Riders-Fitness-Program-Specifically/dp/1580175422 loads of ideas there
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-24-2013, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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I ask because I'm at school, but the place I was a working student at over the summer said I can come ride whenever I am free, but that will be sporadic at best so I want the rides I get to be worth it.

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post #10 of 11 Old 08-24-2013, 11:16 PM
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I use my exercise ball and do pilates on my off days from riding. Keeps me balanced, and my core strong.
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