I've been working hard to get my horse back to soundness and now that we're there and have gradually been working up how long we ride and what HE can do ... we need to work on me!
Being months without riding I am out of shape. My problem area seems to be my core and cardio. That's gone down hill and my back muscles (believe it or not with my field) are not as strong. Legs do not need as much work.
I use to do different classes like yoga, Pilates, zumba etc. but due to my current employment and the hours I work these are no longer an option. I work 14 hour night shifts approx 3 times a week (sometimes 4) and there are times my shift extends beyond 14 hours. So scheduled classes no longer work for me.
What exercises do you do at home? A recommendation for a good yoga or pilates DVD with good instructions would benefit. I have gone through a couple but the instructions are minimal or very poor making it difficult to get the correct positions and full benefit of the program. I am more fearful of injuring myself without good instructions through the DVD/workout.
What is your workout routine? And what tips can you offer?
This is what I am doing currently:
- I ride for 30-45 minutes on my days off ~3 times per week. I am still conditioning my gelding back into riding. Due to the heat we're keeping rides shorter and less intense. I would rather condition him slowly over the remainder of the summer and pick up any intense work as it cools down.
The riding I am doing right now is mostly bareback due to a shoulder injury I cannot saddle him. So this is a good workout.
- I am beginning a "walk to 5k" challenge to build up my cardio. I can do a run either before or after working a shift. Add a little music. There are some good trails right in the area I work and I have my dog to accompany me.
- I am buying a ...big ball (what are those things called. Exercise balls? Medicine balls? No idea) to replace my computer chair. I actually got this idea from a friend and its apparently worth while. Considering bringing one of those to work too.
- Eat healthy. I tend to snack at work and chose unhealthy choices of caffeine to keep me awake. This is being thrown out the window.
- Buy a zumba DVD. Zumba just because its a more fun cardio workout then running.
But my problem is I can't think of actual at home exercises to strengthen my core and I cannot go to a pilates class. It just conflicts with work.
Tips and suggestions would be great. Tips to improve on what I am already doing would also be appreciated.