When to workout, when to ride
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Consider the last time you didn’t do anything; no workout, no riding?
The body can only handle so much! To develop a better muscular stamina, the body needs to rest. My best tip in deciding when to work out and when to ride is a rider should set one rest day a week. I take my Sundays to rest. That means no hard workout or ride or barn chores for one day. Let the muscles rest.
Ask yourself the following questions when choosing which days to workout and which days to ride.
What did you do yesterday?
If you lifted weights, consider just riding. The benefits to lifting (anaerobic exercise) is that the day after is a great time to develop endurance by doing cardio (aerobic exercise). Riding can be a great cardio if you’re willing to ride at your peak ability, not just sit there and balance. Work your horse at his peak ability! Ask for better performance by getting the horse’s hind end active and to carry the back round.
If you rode yesterday then go for a weight lifting session prior to riding if possible. Weight training will be fine after the ride but if you can align and engage the core before getting on the horse, that would be better. The day after a ride is a good time to get into the gym and lift. Not heavy enough that you become too sore to ride the next day but just enough to continue conditioning your muscles.
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