Bring your friends!

So, for real – there are lot of pressures in this world. We are all learning how to navigate all this pressure; social, societal, personal, familial, etc. One of the big troublemakers is body image. PSA: This is not easy to manage. We know. We’re trying our best, and still struggle. There is so much fitness stuff online, and it is important for us (like, not just us, all of our ManeGirls!) to remember why we value fitness. It would be super cool to have washboard abs and stuff, but for most of us it is not a reasonable lifestyle, nor is it a realistic ideal (for whole series of reasons, including, but not limited to, personal goals, other health issues, and genetics). We three are here to share our honest stories and opinions with you. We understand your struggle, and we’re here to waive a flag and say it’s okay to be a work-in-progress!

With this in mind, we’ve decided to share some of the ways we manage our health and fitness goals. We’re not trainers, we’re not experts, we’re just people. We don’t all have the same goals, but we all can pretty much agree that we want to ensure longevity in our sport and that we’re being as effective as possible in the saddle. We plan to share with you some of the things we work on to be in good condition to ride, and be healthy and happy in our professional and personal lives.

Before this group was started, a couple of us used to exercise in the gym pretty regularly, and occasionally take to our local trails to hike, but then life got in the way. Since our health (your health!) is such a huge priority, we’ve decided to lean on each other for support once more.

Last week, we started hiking again! April and I had sore backs, and Riki is the fittest, but she’s also patient. We took a nice brisk walk around the scenic route of our local trail system on a beautiful Saturday morning, and the view from the top was breathtaking! We’re lucky that we live in such a beautiful part of the world, and I think you’ll find no matter where you live there will be a system of trails or paths available to you to walk or hike. The most crucial aspect, and our tip for the day, is to bring your friends! Having a workout buddy has this built in accountability where you don’t want to let anyone down by not showing up, and you know it’s going to be fun because your friends are hysterical. We’re going to try our best to keep up this plan of going for a hike every weekend, as long as we’re not at a show or away, as this is one way we can work on our cardio and get some fresh air. We had lots of fun, and some good chats and laughs along the way.

So, grab your barn friends and head out on a trail together on foot, instead of in the saddle. You’ll be glad you did.




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