Category Archives: Fitness

Summer Goals & Getting in Shape

I am terrible about exercise and eating right. I hate running, or anything that seems like exercise. I get really bored, really fast. As far as eating goes…if it’s any food other than mushrooms or peas, I will probably eat it; from leafy spinach and Brussels sprouts to potato chips and doughnuts. This makes getting in shape and eating healthy a real challenge. I’ve managed to not gain any weight in the last couple of years but I haven’t lost any either. My show clothes are still too tight and going out of style.

Big goals, like I want to be a certain weight or I’m going to ride an hour every single day, just don’t work for me. When I screw up, I give up. I need goals that are fun. This summer getting in shape is a priority (as I always say…) but so are few things that will be fun to work towards. 1. Being able to jump on Tango bareback. I used to be able to do this with Milo who is a quite a bit taller. I tried it with Tango the other day and only made it half way up before I felt like I had pulled every muscle in my legs. Ouch.

So I need to work on my legs, which I should being doing anyway to improve my riding skills. I’m lazy. Running isn’t going to happen on regular basis. Riding helps, but some days I can’t get to the barn. Thanks to Pinterest though, I’ve found a couple of sets of leg workout that feel good, actually work, and I don’t mind doing every day. I even do them twice a day on occasion. The stretching that goes into the exercises really feels good after sitting in the lab all day or after a tough ride. Here’s what I’ve been doing:

I’ve just started looking into the “Blogilaties” channel on Youtube, after discovering it for the first time literally 4 minutes ago. It looks helpful! I’ll have to examine it closer. Anyway, try the two sets I’ve listed for a couple of weeks. I’ve noticed a difference! Oh and I have other goals too…like riding more and showing. I’ll get to those later, though.

 

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Fit to Ride: Because there are no blue ribbons at the bottom of that bag of potato chips via HORSE NATION

Great, short post about “falling off” the healthy band-wagon! Sharing motivation is a great way to STAY MOTIVATED and to forgive yourself when you get off track with your goals…horse or health wise! (It happens to me a lot)! Enjoy the post! I will be adding my own somewhat healthy post tomorrow. I’ve been doing leg exercises. They’re working! I have a lot to share, but for now it’s off to a 3 hr class of British History (bleh).

Fit to Ride: Because there are no blue ribbons at the bottom of that bag of potato chips « HORSE NATION.

Equestrian Exercises – America’s Horse Daily

 

Equestrian Exercises – America’s Horse Daily.

I meant to post this the other day when I first saw it, but my mind has been focused on papers, midterms, and other school stuff. It’s a short and sweet article about a few exercises that benefit all-around riders! I really need to start working this (it hasn’t been going so well, so far)!

A New Year…Another Attempt to Fit into My Show Clothes

Instead of getting in shape last year, I bought chap inserts. I still don’t fit into any of my show clothes. Yuck. So, this year (again) I’d like to lose around 15 lbs. This year though, I’m going to find ways to incorporate my horses into it more. How? um…posting a lot without stirrups? running laps in the sandy arena? only eating carrots and applesauce?

So far, I’ve given myself some help by purchasing two books, The Total Rider and The Rider’s Fitness Program. I was able to purchase both books for around $20.00 together, though I had to order them because it’s really hard to find horse books in stores!

Both books feature a wide variety of exercises that are specifically helpful to horseman. The Total Rider also tackles rider diet too. My plan is to combine these exercises, cardio (probably  running, yuck), and riding a lot! I will also be trying to eat a lot better! I think the most difficult task will be finding the time during this semester, which is my last and most likely my most intense semester yet.

There are so many different diets and exercise plans out there it gets overwhelming, that’s why it was important for me to find one targeting horseman. I need a focus, something  I didn’t really have last year. Maybe, if I’m brave enough, I’ll share details and progress as I go!

I may also purchase a Pilates for horseman book at some point too, but for now, just the two!