Lockdown fitness – week one: Three targeted exercises for riders *H&H Plus*

There are a myriad of exercise videos currently circulating, but riders require a certain type of fitness and flexibility. In the first part of this new series, chartered physio Sarah Claridge suggests three exercises to help riders improve their flexibility, cardio fitness, plus strength and endurance

In the early days of lockdown, many of us eagerly bunny-hopped around to Joe Wicks’ schoolkids’ morning workouts (parents possibly more than their children). But as the restrictions continue, and with no competitions on the horizon, it’s hard to stay motivated, especially for those who cannot even get out to ride. However, keeping fit is not only good for our mental and physical health, it will enable us to hit the ground running as soon as the competition gates do open again.

Every week in Horse & Hound until mid-June, we’ll feature three rider-focused exercises, in stretch, cardio and strength/endurance, to boost your fitness regime. There are various grades within the exercises, so start gradually and work up to a level at which you are comfortable.

Take care: With any new form of exercise, your body needs to build up gradually to avoid strain. Please seek the advice of a chartered physiotherapist or your GP if you are unsure about whether you should do any exercises due to underlying health conditions.

About Sarah

Chartered physiotherapist Sarah Claridge runs Meadow Physio & Pilates, specialising in rider strength and fitness. Visit meadowphysioandpilates.com for online classes and one-to-one sessions to help improve your body’s optimal performance. Follow Meadow Physio & Pilates on Instagram and Facebook

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