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Health sport riding: The whole body is challenged on the horse
Horse riding is often associated with taking a leisurely trip into nature. But that shouldn't hide the fact that such a ride can be quite exhausting. Horseback riding can also be practiced as a health sport that demands the whole body.
The core muscles are particularly challenged
Some people who like to go on horseback emphasize how well stress can be reduced with such a ride. But riding is not only a relaxing encounter with nature, it also strains the muscles in the whole body. Above all, the trunk muscles are challenged by the constant balancing and swinging with the movement of the horse. So riding is a good way to optimally strengthen your core muscles. The maximum force does not play an important role.
A rider cannot escape the movement for a second
If you were to tense everything up in the saddle, you could not adapt to the movements, according to a message from the news agency dpa. "Back and forth, left and right, up and down", Thomas Ungruhe from the German Equestrian Federation (FN) explained the pattern in the agency report. "And that happens in unison and permanently." Changing direction, stopping and starting, riding on the compass - all these are moments alongside the movement of the horse in which, according to the experts, the body does balancing work and is under tension. As a rider, you cannot escape the movement in milliseconds. A loose basic tension is therefore essential.
Use muscles in a controlled manner
The pelvis is the central fulcrum to adapt to the swing of the horse. However, straightening the upper body is also important, as Ungruhe explained. "If you roll forward, you automatically work against the movement of the horse - that's why the abdominal muscles are required." It goes on to say that it is not just about adapting to the movements and balancing them, but also the relaxation and relaxation of the muscles Controlled use: "Tightening the back muscles, for example, is a sign for the horse to slow down," says Ungruhe according to dpa. For those with a bit more experience, the easy trot is the next gait. According to the unrest, the legs are additionally challenged. In this gait, the rider lifts his buttocks out of the saddle in time. Then only the knees and calves are on the horse.
No previous knowledge required
If instead of a saddle there is a belt with handles on the horse, these effects can be intensified. This can also include special exercises such as letting go of the arms or sitting sideways on the horse. "It's an incredible balance and balance training," said Ungruhe. 20 to 30 minutes of training are enough for beginners. "Then you realize what you have done." As the German Equestrian Federation (FN) writes on its website, "no previous knowledge of riding or experience in dealing with the horse is required" to do health sport with the horse. "All that is needed is curiosity and openness to the horse and a new form of movement." (Ad)