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The Rider’s Fitness Routine

If you were to measure your fitness level against that of your horse, how would you compare in strength, flexibility and stamina? Not only can regular exercise help you hold your own in the saddle, but, without it, you could be at risk for long-lasting injury. Riders are particularly susceptible to lower back and knee injuries, caused by spine and joint stress. In order to stay strong and sound, it's important to participate in a well-rounded fitness program that consists of cardiovascular or aerobic exercise, flexibility, strength and endurance training (including resistance and balancing exercises). Consider the following benefits of participating in a variety of activities: Develop balance and symmetry in the body Increase strength, muscle tone and improve flexibility Enhance lower back suppleness and elasticity Create hip independence and a deeper seat Correct body misalignments and imbalances Strengthen core abdominal musculature Create mind body awareness Reduce the risk of…

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