how to bring fit for riding?
what excersises can I do to prepare myself to go riding 2-4 days a week in the summer. something quick and straightforward to do every day even during the holidays thanks
Yoga, strength training, and areobics are 3 types of things you can do that will really help. you can do all three within a half hour per day.
While classes are the best option for results, those are sometimes way external the budget time and money wise. There are a bunch of good workouts on video for each, and while express yoga workouts are complicated to find, there are several 20 minute pilates express workouts available.
I've heard some people enjoy gotten good results from belly dancing classes and video. This will also work your core.
If you want to go traditional, work on abdominal strength (sit ups and variations on sit ups are good) as well as leg strength (particularly hip adductors requirement work) and upper back/shoulders/arms (rowing is a good option).
bike riding ( whether able)
fast walking in sand(if able)
stiff leg deadlift
Tons of barn chores, :P Lift hay bales down from the loft muck stalls carry feed loads :]
There's tons of real exercises you can do as well. sit ups and crunches for sure.. some wall sits, sit against a wall next to your leg bent in a 90 angle for 1 minute take a break and do it again. run anything that's going to make you stronger really.
build up your leg muscle!
star jumps and squats aswell