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Increasing Cardio Fitness for Riders

Cardiovascular fitness is important for horseback riders of all ages and skill levels. Try these exercises to get you moving and improve your cardio.

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By: Alison Barr |

Cardio fitness is important for riders of all ages and skill levels. I can’t overstate the benefits of cardio. Good cardio fitness is a predictor for a longer lifespan, higher energy, improved mood and a healthier circulatory system. For riders, this translates to longer canters, more energy at the end of a ride and better form at the end of a long show day. This is particularly important for high-impact sports like eventing or endurance competitions. A cardio exercise is any exercise that gets your heart beating quickly for at least 10 minutes. This means that almost any physical activity can be a cardio exercise. Cardio is the form of exercise that feels the most like work, so pick something you enjoy enough to stick with. Below are four of my favourite forms of cardio. Walking is a fantastic form of cardio exercise, even if you lead a sedentary lifestyle.…

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