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  • Is horseback riding aerobic exercise
  • Is horseback riding strength or aerobic exercise

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    04-27-2012, 09:35 PM
  #11
Showing
I have to agree with bsms about the aerobic part of it. Riding is not an aerobic workout, it is more like strength and balance training. I wouild likely compare it to something like yoga.

I can attest to that completely. I can ride from dawn until dusk at all 3 gaits, riding different horses that travel differently, getting on and off and sometimes fighting with them a bit. Even after all that, I'm not tired at all.

However, I've spent the last few days putting up new fencing around my property, digging post holes with manual post hole diggers, tamping down the dirt around them with a ~30 pound sucker rod, driving t-posts with a 40 pound manual driver, etc. I am so sore and so completely worn out right now because it's more aerobic exercise than I am used to. Of course, it is strength training too, but I had to stop more often because I was out of breath and my heart was pounding than I did because my muscles were tired.

According to the calculator thing, I've been burning around 2500 calories every day I've been doing that. It's no wonder my pants are feeling too big...especially considering I usually only eat once a day and that totals up to maybe 1000 calories.
     
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    05-06-2012, 01:40 AM
  #12
Foal
Horseback riding can be a great source of excersize using your whole body, but I shouldnt be the only thing the rider does I reccomend yoga and cardio. When I started with yoga my riding improved tremendously.
     
    05-10-2012, 02:01 AM
  #13
Foal
Riding is definitely a great work out. After I started riding, the leg muscles have strengthened a lot and I've improved on my swimming speed and endurance since.
     
    05-10-2012, 06:36 AM
  #14
Yearling
I think that riding is pretty good exercise. It is more muscle strength, balance, and maybe muscle endurance, though. I agree with others that it should be paired with some other form of exercise to be really effective in getting someone fit. I currently jog/run every day along with riding twice a week and together it seems to be working for me.
     

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