Exercises for Mature Riders
The great thing I love about dressage is that it is a sport you can enjoy into your older years. As a matter of fact, some of the best riders around the world are over 50 years of age. It is such a sport that I believe you does get better with age because there is so much to learn about. However, it is common for mature riders to start to find riding uncomfortable and that it’s not as easy as it used to be. Most of the discomfort comes from their hips and their mobility so it is incredibly important to take care of them. The thing though is that this doesn’t just affect mature riders but it also affects everyone. That is the reason why taking care of your body and its mobility strength is crucial if you want it to stay mobile and strong. The saying “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” is so true not just for dressage riders but for any other people.
Fitness, no matter what age, is about smart consistent training and getting the right advice. With age, however, does come a few home truths to be aware of so it makes it even more important to be intelligent enough to care for your own body. It’s the only one you have. As a rider I want to be able to ride until the time I decided that I no longer want to do it. I don’t want to stop because of something I could have prevented. I want to play forever so training has to be a part of my life. Life is to be enjoyed; we train so that we can play.
Corrective Strength Training Prevents Muscle Injury
As you grow older, your ligaments get tighter, so this can affect the mobility of your body, so as you age ensuring you do adequate mobility work is crucial if you want to stay supple and prevent injury. Your muscle strength also decreases when your age increases; you can’t rely merely on riding to maintain muscle strength. Muscles require strength stimulus to maintain strength. Corrective strength training is highly recommended because if you don’t provide the extra stimulus you will lose muscle at a rate of half a pound every year once you reach over 25 years old.
No matter what age you are right now, any training you take should be gradual and right for you. As you get older, your body requires even more attention to detail and not rushing the body to change. It may have been imbalanced and had a poor posture for years that is why in a more mature body it is important to give it time to come into its new posture and more mobile self.
Recommended Stretches and Exercises to Develop Strength Through Your Core
So with mobility and strength in mind, here are some stretches and exercises that I recommend to help you develop strength and mobility through the base or your core. Our hips are the most common area to get tight and our gluts are so often neglected. By stretching out your hips and creating strength through your gluts you are ensuring the hip area to stay mobile, in balance, and strong.
- Hip Flexor Stretch
- Half lotus
- Hindu Squat
All these exercises and stretches I go into detail inside www.dressageridertraining.com. Complete videos on how to create mobility and flexibility plus workouts you can do at home to help improve your riding. If you are ready to take your riding to a new level, let me help you. Learn more here about the program.