Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I don't think you can burn enough calories running to lose much weight. I lost about 30 lbs last year: cut the carbs way down, and then ate smaller portions that include a higher mix of protein and fat. If I try a low fat diet, I get headaches and cravings and feel dizzy between meals. If I eat more fat & protein, I can feel hungry but not feel weak, dizzy or like I MUST stick something in my mouth. Cutting carbs won't work if I continue to stuff my face, but it makes it possible to eat less and not feel weak as a kitten.
For weight exercises, I like kettlebells. You can save money by buying normal dumbbells and using them kind of like kettlebells. Traditional weightlifting tends to isolate muscles. Kettlebells have you lifting a weight thru a large range of motion and put far more emphasis on the stabilizing muscles - the ones I think you really need for riding (or martial arts, or dumping a bag of feed into a container or tossing a saddle up and over the horse's back).
I'm a lifelong jogger, BTW, except for 2009-2014 after an injury riding. I'm in favor of running, but not as a way to lose weight.
Riders ask "How?" Horsemen ask "Why?"