I alternate between cardio & strength workouts about 6 days a week, 45 minutes to an hour. Cardio includes old school calistetics, plyometrics, core, and using your own body weight, heart rate is up the whole time and it's a sweat fest. Strenghth is hand weights & free weights, but mixed up with kickboxing and mixed martial arts to get the heart rate up, not so much of a sweat as it is a burn, lactic acid is flowing freely.
I would recommend yoga for balance, and I personally have taken up krav maga. It's for self defense, but I have noticed some improvement in my riding, believe it or not. I also run when I can, and I do light work-outs 6 days a week- I alternate between two, the first consists of push-ups, planks, side-planks/ plank twists, backwards sit-ups, wall-sits, pilates, seated russian twists, and isolations. The second focuses on arms/ shoulders/ upper body and legs, with 5-10 lb weights/ kettle bells, and some lunges and stretches for my legs- overall, I focus on flexibility with my legs and leave riding/ running / krav maga for strength. I usually exercise for about forty minutes to an hour, although I would like to do more, as I want to be fit and know a form of self- defense for next year, when I turn 18, because I plan on traveling.
4 days a week: 10 mile bike ride, 5 mile walk/jog split, 100 push ups, hour's worth of crunches, sit ups and other core exercises.
3 days a week: 3 hours of weight training split into 45 minute intervals.
I don't ride as I'm not able to. Posted via Mobile Device
I use an exercise ball. I stretch out on the exercise ball, supporting my lower back, then I stand up and roll to ball to my right foot, till my back is flat and then roll it to my left foot, then out infront. I do pushups on the exercise ball (yeah it's killer lol!) and put the exercise ball under my ankles and do pushups that way, I do situps with the exercise ball, planking, hip squeezes and lifts, thigh presses, some cardio kicks (front, side, back) some tricep presses..
By the end of it I feel much more alert and awake. Those pushups on the exercise ball are killer though... the ball hasn't rolled away yet but it's only a matter of time!
I used to hike too, and cycle sometimes. Plus riding and filling water buckets.
5. Carrying feed sacks
6. Leading horses from one place to another
7. Chasing horses that don't want to be caught
8. Saddling and tacking up
9. Unsaddling and putting horses out
10. I'm tired now