Fit for riding - do you do anything (apart from riding of course??)

SueAllen

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Working hard to get my horse fit but realise that I need to put a bit of extra effort into myself!! Getting on a bit (compared to lots of you on here anyway!!) and contemplating yoga and/or Pilates for suppleness, core strength blah blah (yawn!) Do any of you find this helpful or maybe gym work, swimming, running for stamina, muscle development? Frankly I have an allergic reaction to any formal exercise but would be v interested to find out if any of you do something that you think really helps with your riding. Thank you!
 

Tinkerbee

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The only other exercise i get is walking the dogs, and walking up and down our hill to school bus stop and to the stables
 

Gentle_Warrior

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I do nothing but sit on the sofa or at a desk at work except when I ride !!!!!

out of interest, where are you based ?
 

bex1984

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I have loads of physio exercises that I'm supposed to do for core strength because I've slipped a disc, but I don't always find time to do them...

Other than that I really don't do much exercise but I often walk to work which is 2.5 miles. Physiotherapist says I'm not allowed to sit on the sofa, and when I get home from work and the stables I'm supposed to go for a half hour brisk walk!!!
 

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I do pilates every week and the instructor knows I do dressage so takes that into account when doing her sessions. It helps with core stability which is essential for any type of riding, helps with balance which in turn helps with straightness for horse and rider.
 

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I do yoga and I do think it helps, I am working at opening my hips at the moment which should help my riding a lot. It probably depends which type of yoga you do though, it is always worth trying a couple of different teachers until you find one you like.

I don't like exercising much but find I am much more likely to do some if I go to an organised class. If I have a set time/venue I sort of mentally put it in my schedule and actually go rather than thinking "ohhh I am too busy to go for a run/go to the gym etc". Also a lot of the classes are actually fun and the instructors are usually good at motivating you.
 

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Apart from riding 6 to 8 a day i run, good for aerobic workout and i use a 'fit ball' good for the suppleness and working both sides of the body. Also do Alexander technique work, on and offf the horse.
 

Sali

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I exercise quite a bit(although you honestly couldn't tell!)
I've just started with pilates, I go swimming and hiking once a week and go jogging every morning.
I also have to dogs to walk daily. I want to try and do more, but I struggle to find the time as it is.
 
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My partner and I have started Ballroom Dancing a few month ago. We go to classes twice a week, two hours each time. It is harder than gym exercises but much more fun and you meet nice people as well. I can highly recommend it. For dancing you use the whole body. It does wonders for your posture.
Regards
Linda
 

sikaran

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As well as riding three and walking dogs, I go to the gym to run on the treadmill, and I also do a lot of martial arts - about 4-6 hours per week. I find this very good for fitness but also for balance and reaction time. It is also good therapy!
 

Lill

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Pole dancing classes twice a week for 1hr30 mins and 100 sit up ab crunches every week night.
 

seansheep

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I've heard a lot about pilates being good mix with riding fitness

i do no exercise apart from riding and mucking out lots of boxes and doing lots of sweeping !!

I'd recommend dancing (line, ballroom, whatever) as a good way of exercising actually quite hard and yet not being stuck in a gym - I was a dancer years ago and it definitely helped with suppleness and joint mobility which stillhelps my dressage
 

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I just walk my dog, but there are a few hills etc to go up (although I prefer the ones coming down
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I am hoping to start doing some salsa lessons too...
 

Oaksflight

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Used to play hockey, tennis, go the gym, and go running before I went to uni. Now I'm at uni, I go to the gym and swim but have put on loads of weight from alcohol
Really struggle after 45 mins of a lesson to get the horse to carry on going well (he's VERY hard work), due to my lack of fitness, so definately got to improve. On a detox now to try lose some of the weight, and have started jogging again when I have time. I think rider fitness is really important, far more important than people realise.
 

Paint it Lucky

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I cycle to the yard and back every day (2 miles) and go running once or twice a week. I have one of those dance mats which are really good for keeping fit as you can work quite hard on them, go on that for about 2hrs a week. I find all this gives me lots of stamina and good core strength, but then I also work full time at a yard and ride for 2-3hrs a day so this all helps too!
 
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