Confession: I haven’t ridden either horse all week. I have been feeling super tired in the mornings and couldn’t force myself out of my cozy bed at 5:00 AM to brave the cold temperatures at the barn. It’s supposed to be warm (60s!) and sunny this weekend, so y’all know I’m going to go hack The G after we run some wedding-related errands!
Here’s what’s on my radar this week.
If you’re a Horse Nation reader, you’ve probably read one of Leah Hinnefeld’s Athletic Rider posts. They’re full of helpful tips about fitness that are especially relevant to equestrians. Leah also runs a Facebook group, The Athletic Rider Fit Club. I joined a couple of months ago, but I’ve been involved this month. It’s a great group: there are very short daily workouts posted, everyone’s supportive and encouraging, and it’s full of great resources on exercise, nutrition, and general health. I use it as a sort of online accountability group. Bonus: No one’s trying to sell you anything, and I have yet to see a judgmental, bitchy comment.
Locally, my options for yoga are pretty limited. I can go to the local rec center for a 5:30 AM class. (That’s a good joke!) Or I can drive half an hour to a class in Tulsa. Neither of those is great, but I’d like to start doing some basic yoga once or twice a week to increase my strength and flexibility. (And calm my mind.) My former go-to was Yoga Zone, which was previously available on Hulu. It’s no longer online, so I’ve been searching for a new video series. I really like Yoga With Adriene. I’ve been doing the 30 Days of Yoga series, which is fine for a yoga newb like me. Adriene moves at a beginner’s pace, takes time to explain what she’s doing, offers modifications, and encourages you to do what’s comfortable. Am I breathing correctly? Probably not, but I’ve enjoyed the focus and the stretching.