Yeehaw! It’s time to get back to fitness by getting back on the horse – and no, I don’t mean that metaphorically. Or sexually for that matter. It’s time to dabble your dillies in a fun, fitness activity that gets you in the great outdoors and makes those thighs burn. Grab your flannel and your cowboy hat, we’re going horse riding!
Getting on the back of a horse is a great activity to get out outside and connect you with an animal. It teaches you respect for the horse and also teaches you to work together. Going riding on the beach or in the bush gets you away from that computer screen and out into the fresh air.
Besides those great benefits, horse riding is an amazing workout. If you think the horse does all the work, you would be mistaken. Get ready to feel those thighs burn as you straddle an animal with a mind of its own. Squeezing with your thighs is one of the main parts of horseriding, working the adductors, glutes and hamstrings. Hello sexy legs! Horse riding also works your core muscles because you have to stabilise yourself and tones your arms by working the reins all day.
Getting in the saddle also improves your flexibility (how could it not when your legs are that spread all day), giving your legs a better range of motion and decreasing the risk of injury. It’s great for coordination, too, as you have to work with your horse and get into the right contracting rhythm.
So, get out there and try some horse riding – and don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing the Saddle Club theme song. It’ll keep you fit, connect you with an animal and even bring back some childhood memories. There’s a reason that cowboys have such good bodies.
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