I'm picking up my riding now from occasional hacks and social riding, to more serious applied riding, particularly jumping (I ride english).
In order to do this I am going to need a higher level of fitness, I'm more podge than muscle at the moment, and have gotten particularly flabby in the stomach/waist area. I also want to improve my posture while not on my horse.
The problem here is I have a messed up knee, which has been bad for several years due to a previous injury. I have had numerous x-rays and examinations, and did attend six months of physiotherapy. I also have a really bad back. It hurts most of the time, and has done for about a month, but is particularly bad when bending it in any way. I'm still waiting on a doctor's appointment about this one, I think i'll have to see a chiro. These injuries make a lot of excercises and stretches that I read about really painful.
So my question is, what excercises can I do to get in shape that aren't going to be a problem with my knees/back?
I've been doing a lot of swimming, but it's not always a practical option.
If anyone has any suggestions, i'd be really grateful. Thanks!