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Top 5 Core Exercises to Prepare for Horseback Riding

polo player riding horseWhy is the “core” important for horseback riding? The core is the center of gravity and your body relies on a strong core for proper posture and proper body functioning. The core is made up of your entire body except the upper and lower extremities. The core stabilizes the spine and pelvis while providing a solid foundation of movement for the rest of the body.

So, while your body bounces around in the saddle, your core is working extremely hard to maintain proper posture as well as hold your body upright. (more…)

Top 5 Leg Exercises to Prepare for Horseback Riding

mathue johnsonWhile my folks were visiting LA for the 4th of July I took them horseback riding in the Santa Monica Mountains. We rode trails by the infamous “Hollywood” sign and the views were absolutely breath taking. After our three hour adventure through the mountains my legs, butt, and back were tight and I could tell that I was going to be sore a few days later.

So, I have put together a pre-horseback riding workout routine for you (just in case you get the wild hair to ride as well). Today the focus is on a leg workout and I recommend performing three sets of 20 repetitions at a medium weight. (more…)

Bar Refaeli’s Swimsuit Issue Diet

bar rafaeli swimsuit issueMost of us do a little last-minute toning work before we head to the beach. So imagine what we’d do to prepare for the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue! For current cover model Bar Rafaeli, it was cake. Literally. The 21-year-old Israeli supermodel admits she ate whatever she wanted and didn’t do any special workout to prepare for the shoot.

“They tell you ‘you better not go on a diet before the shoot’. Girls tend to think, ‘Oh my God, I have to be in swimwear, I have to look amazing’. They just say, ‘You better not, girl!’ And they just let you eat all the time during the photo shoot. They love that; they love their girls healthy,” said Rafaeli.

When asked about her typical regimen, her answer was simple, “exercise and eat right.” (more…)

Horse Racing: An Unlikely Victim of Child Obesity

There’s a potential victim of childhood obesity that I bet you would have never considered: the horse racing industry.

Really? Childhood obesity is so pervasive, that it threatens the ability of race horse owners to find viable jockey.

According to Deborah Butler, a British college tutor and stable lad (a person who looks after the horses in a racing stable), found that a dwindling amount of teenagers are light enough or eager to take on the manual work of looking after horses. (more…)