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I have ridden from a young age and for as long as I can remember, I probably rode with too short stirrups. Because of this, I think I weakened my knees and ankles with it not being unusual for my ankles to roll or my knees to ache after walking on uneven surfaces for a long time.
However, I have now not ridden properly for over a year and I feel worse than ever. My body seems to be working in a cycle of back pain, followed by hip pain, one hip at a time and then finally shoulder pain before back to back pain. The pain seems to be stiffness related as especially in my hips and shoulders I feel like if I could click the joint it would feel better. So I think there is something in riding what my body needs to stay loose what it isn’t getting at the moment.
Reactive Exercise and Stretching
Luckily it isn’t all bad. Largely thanks to the courses from Cherry Tree Training, I have been able to find stretches and flows what help my sore parts. For example, the 3 legged dog stretch is fantastic for my hips when they are playing up.
I know that it is a good thing to have recognised exercises what help when I am sore. But I also know that I also need to be a bit more proactive to try and do exercises to protect myself before I start feeling sore.
Physiotherapy and Good Habits
With the new year looming, what better time to start making some small changes to hopefully improve my aches and pains. Firstly, I have booked myself an appointment with Scottie’s Physio. She is qualified to do people as well as horses and several people I know have used her for themselves and seen great results. So I’m hoping to start feeling better after that.
I am also super lucky to be a brand ambassador for Cherry Tree Training and get fantastic support from them! I have access to their core essentials and habits and consistency courses what have great exercises and tips for getting into good exercise habits. So I am going to make sure to utilise them. Plus I have a 1-2-1 beginning of the year. So fingers crossed I will be pain free soon.