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Getting riding fit (long)
I've not been riding much over the
past few months, for various personal reasons, and have also had to get rid of
PG, leaving me with just Satan's Spawn to ride from now on. As a result,
I've lost almost all my riding fitness and suppleness.
Now that I'm moving into my new
place, and Toccy will be stabled on the premises, which have a flood-lit arena,
I'll be able to ride daily again. Both he and I will need to get fit
slowly, and I've worked out a programme for him. He's the easy one : he
gets fit quite quickly. It's I who am the problem!
Here's the scenario : there's nothing
like a divorce to make you lose weight REALLY quickly, and I've dropped about 6
kilograms over the last couple of months. I wasn't really over-weight
before, and much of the "weight" I've lost is in fact muscle. I
need to find a way to become :
1. Aerobically fitter (because
I want to event again this summer); and
2. Physically stronger - I need
to tone by abdominal muscles, upper thigh muscles, calf muscles and back
muscles, in particular. My upper arms have stayed fairly toned from
lugging around my suitcase, out of which I've been living
3. More supple - My hips are
locking again, and I'm finding that I'm holding tension in my lower back and
across my shoulders, probably because of the stress I've been
As you all know, Toc isn't the
easiest of horses to ride, and one has to stay alert and physically fit at all
times in order to achieve the most out of him. Notwithstanding that, it's
just not my style to be a passenger on my horse. I've had to sell my
jumping saddle, so my riding will be done exclusively in my dressage saddle,
apart from the odd occasion when I'll borrow a jumping saddle to do jump
training with him in. I'm planning on focusing on dressage for the next
six months, incorporating some road work to keep him fit. I may do the odd Show
Jumping show, but I'm hoping to event him again from next Winter.
Okay, so here's what I've decided to
do, and I'd appreciate any feedback anyone can give:
1. Cycling : I'm going to cycle
every evening, and try to work up to about 15 kms per day. I'll be doing
gentle hills and dirt roads on my mountain bike. This should increase my
aerobic fitness, tone calves and work my abs.
2. Swimming : Unfortunately,
the pool at my new place isn't suited to swimming "laps", but I'm
going to try to swim three times a week and do some exercises under water.
This usually helps with all-over muscle tone as well as aerobic fitness, without
unduly straining my back.
3. Dumbells : I really miss
having firm boobs (sorry to all men on the group) as mine have definitely become
a tad sad since I lost weight. I figure that I can exercise pectoral
muscles and arm muscles every night doing this.
4. Calf stretches : standing on
the step of my patio and dropping my ankle down should stretch my calves.
5. Walking. I
plan to try to walk my dogs four times a week, and hope to get up to a brisk
five kilometers each time. Reckon this will help aerobic fitness and
overall body tone.
6. Yoga : for
How does this sound? Does
anyone have any other suggestions. I'm not overly concerned as I'm not
terribly unfit. I recently had an evaluation at a gym, and according to
the Testosterone-Overloaded instructor, I have 18% body fat, and am
"moderately" fit. So if I start Toccy on a lunging / roadwork /
gentle schooling regimen, and start myself on this fitness regimen, we should
both be fairly fit in about two months. Does that sound
(who can't believe that she's so
motivated to do physical exercise!)
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