Fit to ride ?

When we are fit and supple we are much more able to stay in balance and direct our horse. We can recover quickly from a stumble or spook and use our position, seat and leg aids more effectively. When we unconsciously understand this we start to believe in our abilities and push ourselves a little more. When I was recovering from a hip replacement, I was determined to be able to ride again and so I was very conscientious about doing the exercises I was given by the hospital physiotherapist, but I also had the excellent help of two wonderful ladies: Pilates instructor Sarah Ribbans ("Pilates with Sarah" in Worthing) who used Pilates herself to help recover from serious spinal injury following

British Boxing Podcast talk - Mind over matter

I work with athletes in a wide variety of sports but I never considered that I'd be invited to chat on a Boxing podcast ! Darren, Ben, Tyler and Simon were fabulous. They put me at ease and had some very interesting questions and it was great fun to delve into the mindset of a boxer.

Part 2 - More motivation tips for riders

PART 2 – Seven more motivation tips for Horse Riders Set yourself up for success. You’ll have already made your Plan and chunked your goals down into small steps - so make your environment as supportive as possible, remove distractions and make it easy to have fun. Think back to past achievements and what inspired you. Now visualise the success of completing your ride or project and really FEEL how it will feel when you’ve done it. Then briefly imagine the regret you’d feel if you didn’t. Keep “the wheels moving” and stay in action. Chunk goals down and tick each success off on your wall planner to recognise just how far you’ve come. Plan some variety to keep you and your horse interested.

6 tips to increase motivation for riders

Really PIN POINT what exactly it is that you’re NOT motivated to do and NAME IT. Don’t be surprised if this is actually quite hard to admit to yourself - often there is something emotionally valuable to be gained by NOT doing it - especially if it’s a confidence issue. Set your intention and WHY you want to do this? What does it truly mean to you and WHO are you when you are doing this to the best of your ability? Do you need appraisal, advice, help or support? Often we don’t know where to begin because we don’t know what we need - we don’t know what we don’t know! So the first step is often to just get a professional opinion to find out what is a reasonable expectation of our-self and our h

Am I suffering lack of confidence or is it actually just lack of motivation?

Is this feeling lack of confidence or is it actually lack of motivation? This seems to be a common theme with my clients at this dark, grey, cold, wet time of year – when everything is just so much more effort. So here’s a quick test – Without labelling that feeling – think about it now – really get into that feeling – where do you feel it in your body ? If it’s in your stomach or chest it’s likely to be anxiety and lack of confidence. If it’s in your head – accompanied by a lot of chatter and excuses it’s likely to be lack of motivation. Another quick test – If everything were set up for success – it’s a lovely sunny day – your horse was bought in and groomed for you – you had the idea plac

“First Aid Breathing” Helps reduce stress, anxiety, and panic attacks, and calm and focus the mind

The 4 -7- 8 Breaths technique: Breathe IN through your NOSE to your mental count of 4 HOLD your breath for your count of 7 Breathe OUT completely through your MOUTH to your count of 8 Repeat THREE more times. Notes This technique is natural tranquilizer for the nervous system The ratio of 4:7:8 is important but with practice you will be able slow it down and breathe more deeply. Do not do more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. Later you can extend it to eight breaths. This technique can also be used to help you fall asleep naturally. If you feel a little light-headed when you first do this exercise, don’t be worried that’s normal and will pass as you get used to

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