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        11-21-2013, 08:08 AM
      #1
    Green Broke
    Ways you keep in shape?

    What are the exercises you do to keep yourself in shape?

    I need motivation, like lots of it.

    Rode my horse bareback today and I can't do anything besides walk.... Just feel like I'm going to fall off, my position is shot.

    I need to start doing something but what I don't know.

    I started planking, but if I do it for too long my left knee starts to hurt, I've never even hurt my left knee before.

    I want to start running but it's soo dam hot, my contract for work is finishing soon, so I could start running in the morning and ride in the arvo, right now I start at 6 and I'm not going to get up any earlier then 5 lol

    I need to set up a place in the house for workout and figure something out that I will keep.

    But I'll have to switch it up and not overload my self, I get really unmotivated sometimes.

    Haha I must sound like such a sloth, which I am sometimes lol but I'm going to get fit for my horse he deserves a fitter rider.

    Anyway I'm wanting suggestions on what you guys do to help with your rider fitness, your position, your stamina, your anything really to do with riding :)

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        11-21-2013, 09:29 AM
      #2
    Started
    I'm subbing so that I can get some ideas too! I need to get back into shape...
         
        11-21-2013, 09:52 AM
      #3
    Weanling
    By and large I have found that the fuels we provide our bodies have a tremendous impact on our fitness/health levels. It can get really deep here, but to simplify it......it can influence our hormones, the chemicals our bodies create, our hydration levels, and even our bodies ability to hold oxygen. The more good food you eat the more motivation you'll feel to want to go do something, at least that's been my experience and, I've noticed the same thing happens every time with other people as well. There was a free book you could download from amazon called.... confessions of a super fit vegan. Pretty good read, and he basically talks about how his change in diet caused him to want to exercise more. But I've found that the peak motivation comes from adopting a raw food diet high in fruit. If you do the research you'll understand why, but it's much funner to experience.

    As far as exercises to do......that's a big one. There's really just so much you can do. You just need to find something you enjoy and do it. I prefer to do things I find enjoyable instead of forcing a workout or something like that. Skiing, swimming, hiking, biking, mountain climbing, jumping on trampolines, basically just playing, etc..... But even doing some simple calisthenics throughout the day is quite simple and they can be done anywhere. And the more you exercise, the more you'll crave it.
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        11-21-2013, 10:06 AM
      #4
    Green Broke
    "If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." ~ Jim Rohn

    I figure that if I expect my horse to be ridden and legged up, then I can't be a lazy bum and not work out. If I expect him to be fit, he expects me to be fit.

    I agree with TotalFreedom. What you put into your body is very important. "You are what you eat" holds true. If you eat white carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods, that's the sort of poor energy you will get. But if you eat whole-grain carbs, fruits, veggies, and plenty of protein, you are setting your body up to feel good and perform well.

    If you have difficulty with bareback riding, then do it more! That's one thing I do love about winter because I'll ride bareback all winter (safer to have no stirrups with my clunky winter boots) and get better at it.

    Ab and back workouts are great to help strengthen your core for riding. But of course, you also use every other part of your body, so you can't ignore them too.

    I don't like to work out at home because then I'm too lazy to do it good. So I join a gym and go STRAIGHT there after work. I always feel amazing after I've gotten a good sweat in.

    If you like to run, then go running. If you like to bike, then go biking. Do what you like. You'll be more motivated.

    It's all a mental game.
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        11-21-2013, 10:39 AM
      #5
    Yearling
    I used to run in the horse fields. They were about half a mile back and forth so I'd go out and just run. I also worked with a horse trainer as her assistant so I was always running back and forth as well. Even if it was just walking I was constantly moving. Find stuff to do and walk to go do it lol.

    I will second the eating right. I'm not saying go all out and miss all the chocolate or sweets in life but make sure your eating more good stuff then that lol. My doctor one time told me to not go calorie counting but to instead make sure that proportionally you were eating 2/3 good stuff and 1/3 bad. Best advice he'd ever given me. :)
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        11-22-2013, 10:19 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    Thank for the suggestions guys, my diet is one thing on the agenda already, although I don't eat overly bad, I don't eat overly good either.

    I'm going to be joining a gym as well, I has been looking around for a while for one, but they were all so far away or had some sort of contract, found one though where there's no contracts, $15 a week and if you don't go that week you don't pay, I think they offer classes as well which is what I really want to do :)
    Cause if I were to go to a gym I would have not a clue what to do, would sort of just look at all the machines and get on a bike probably as that would be the only thing I know how to work lol

    I do like running and bike riding I used to ride my bike all the time to my horse, but now he's at a different place and all my food/saddles are at home so I can't do that anymore unless I get like a trolly thing for my bike....
    Hmm now that's a good idea, Christmas wish list lol

    Running is great as well but it's coming into summer over here so it gets pretty hot during the day so I ether have to run in the afternoon and not go for a ride on my horse...

    Finishing work soon and going to start studying so I should have more time to do work out and ride my horse :)
         
        11-22-2013, 11:02 PM
      #7
    Trained
    THE most important thing for exercise is to do something you enjoy. You are FAR more likely to stick with something you enjoy. Not everyone has the discipline to force themselves to do something they don't find fun, and results do not come fast enough to give most people a feeling of it all being worthwhile.

    If planking is hurting your knee, there's probably something wrong in your position that's causing it. Try doing it facing a mirror or with a broomstick on your back (broomstick should run along your spine and the back of your legs).

    Are you the kind of person that really likes challenges, goals and some competition? If so, try: 30 Day Fitness Challenges - Get Fit and Healthy in only 30 Days

    MyFitnessPal.com (and there's an app) has a bunch of people on it where you can record your food consumption and workouts and make friends and all that.

    If you like group fitness, make sure your gym has a good variety and schedule of classes. Don't just go to the gym and putz around either - have a plan, know what you want to do and how, and do that. You'll just end up on a cardio machine messing around otherwise.


    All that being said...
    I go to Zumba 2-3 times per week (schedule permitting, usually at least twice) and bellydance once a week.
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        11-23-2013, 06:41 AM
      #8
    Green Broke
    I'm going to go to the gym on Monday and sus it all out :)

    Hopefully they'll have trainers there that would be able to show me how to use the equipment as well, that would be good :)
         
        11-23-2013, 12:03 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
    I would definitely suggest joining a gym, that way you can get a healthy variety of things.
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        11-24-2013, 01:10 AM
      #10
    Green Broke
    Is there any exercises that you guys have found helped you the most, or if at a gym what's the best machine to use.

    Do you do weights? Or do you focus on your cardio?
    Or a bit of both?

    Would like some input of what you guys do at the gym, or of you don't go to the gym and you have an exercise regime for a home, what do you use, do you have equipment or do you just use some things laying about your house?
         

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