I used to be a frequent visitor to the Dreamhorse forum. It used to be very active, but that was before Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. These days hardly anyone posts.
One day a member of a horse forum asked how she could lose weight and received helpful responses from the horsewomen. Many of the tips are typical of what can be found on web pages offering diet advice. Us horsewomen are not doing too much differently than other women who are looking to slim down, except that we keep horses.
I kept track of the responses thinking one day they might come in useful. Little did I know that 10 years later I’d be a blogger and have a place to share them!
Not everyone has access to a horse to ride regularly, or bales of hay to stack, but you can create an exercise plan for what suits you.
One of my favorite yoga sessions is free on Youtube, and its called Yoga for Equestrians. You don’t need to own a horse to do this video. This yoga lesson is low impact and relaxing.
Just about everyone owns a bike – our first exercise machine as kids! You can get a good deal on a used bike by checking out Craigslist or going to 2nd hand stores. I bought my mountain bike over 20 years ago at a police auction for unclaimed stolen items, and it’s still rolling along just fine.
Check out my post for 6 easy ways to spend more time outside for more exercise options.
Now let’s get to it! 20 tips from horsewoman on how to slim down:
- Eat smaller portions
- Drink water – add a slice of lime or lemon
- Limit juices and soft drinks
- Ride horses several times a week
- Walk an hour on days when not riding
- Oatmeal for breakfast
- Chocoholics try lite soy chocolate milk
- No major cheating foods after 2pm
- Drink green tea
- Haul bales of hay
- Take Tae Bo or pilates classes or watch video tapes
- Don’t eat white bread or white rice, go with whole grains instead
- Don’t eat fried foods or refined sugar products
- Replace sweets with fresh fruits and veggies
- Access to a swimming pool? Swim often
- Use exercise ball
- Drink fruit smoothies
- If you must have chocolate, eat dark chocolate
- If you have a horse’s neck sweat, put it around your belly. Wear it a lot, exercising, sleeping, etc.