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think you don't like to exercise?

Find an activity you love rather than force yourself onto the treadmill! Think that's it's not effective? Here's the proof:

I run, power walk, bike and lift weights, working out six days a week. I like doing those things, but really consider them kind of dry. Even on my hardest runs, my heart rate averages around 150 and tops out at 180.

If I could I'd horseback ride seven days a week instead, and I found out last night it would be as good a workout as running. In one hour, I burned 507 calories, my heart rate averaged 152 and I had a max heart rate of 195. We were working really hard, and even trotting, my heart rate was in the 170s.

Fri. Jul 14, 9:30am

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Wow, I had no idea horseback riding was such a workout! I've thought about it from time to time, but figured the horse was doing most of the work. I figured it would be a great lower body toner, but not a cardio event. Thanks for opening my eyes.

Friday, July 14, 2006, 1:36 PM

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I have to ask- western or english style? I couldn't imagine burning that much with western style... english is a little more belivable since you're constantly moving while you ride. So, which stye were you riding?

Friday, July 14, 2006, 1:44 PM

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Basically, when you do the same exercise for a while, your body gets more efficient at it, so it really does help to mix things up occasionally.

Friday, July 14, 2006, 1:57 PM

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I hate exercising, but I love walking around and exploring the city, and my fiance and I also compete with each other at Dance Dance Revolution, on Playstation. That's a great cardio workout after you get the hang of it! So, both of those really are exercise!

Friday, July 14, 2006, 2:10 PM

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OP here: I ride English, mainly jumpers, and we work hard, focusing on getting our horses moving forward and on the bit, and my horse needed a ton of leg to stay forward. We were doing simple and flying changes last night, and some decent sized (3'3"-3'6") fences.

Admittedly, a trail ride will not yield the same results, but pushing yourself hard in any sport or discipline is great exercise and fun!

Friday, July 14, 2006, 3:02 PM

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Looks like I need to buy a horse..and quick like!!!!

Friday, July 14, 2006, 6:58 PM

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