Stephanie at Hand Gallop has a new topic this week. What do you do to stay fit to ride?
First, an easy answer:
I ride as much as possible with my schedule. Usually that consists of 4-5 times a week in the saddle. I know this is obvious, but there are muscles used to ride that you really can’t duplicate use of in another way.
The rest of my week is basically spent trying to maintain my weight, stay fit, and feel good about myself. Working out doesn’t just help with the physical stuff, but really helps with any head trash I’ve got going on at the time. I like to work out either first thing in the morning or later at night. I feel like it clears my mind and I like to jam out to music while I cardio around. Lately I’ve also been really into some circuit training work, lots of work for legs, specifically thighs, and upper arm strength gets thrown in and it’s time efficient for my tight schedule. Other than that I use the weight lifting machine my husband brought to the table. I’m probably doing something like this around 4 times a week, 5 when it’s quiet and I have more time.
I definitely think that staying fit out of the saddle helps me in it, whether you agree with the 4-5 times a week I get. I have allergy and sport induced asthma, so personally I think the more fit I am, the more fit my lungs are and less chances I have breathing issues while riding. All around, it makes me healthier, my brain sounder, and the pony happier with her rider.