BioRider Fitness

By Bridget Braden-Olson

An equestrian spends long hours daily at the barn, from riding to grooming to cleaning and everything else in between. For successful eating habits while away from the house, planning ahead is imperative.

When I managed the Peters’ barn way back in the day, I ended up being at the barn from 7 am until 6 pm with a lesson at 5:45 in the morning. You can’t complain when you work outside with horses all day, but my eating habits soon became a big problem for me.

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The other day on one of my runs I saw a fellow runner who made me really want to stop and say: Way to go, you’ve got this! I was afraid she would think I was a weirdo so never did, but for the rest of my run that morning I couldn’t stop thinking about her.

Getting in shape is hard, it takes discipline and dedication. I’ll often say there are “no excuses” but the truth is, getting fit is easier said than done. Some riders who do their best to get in shape for riding horses struggle with the lifestyle change. I want to share the success story of a rider who has been four years in the making.

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