Man on horseback in rural landscape, New South Wales, Australia

Best ways horse riding is good for you

There are few things considered sacred in the dating world these days, but if you’re a sucker for adventure, there’s nothing quite as heart-meltingly wooing as a scenic horse ride. And also, beneficial, apparently!

Sure, there’s gym, but when a service like Scenic Horse Riding in NSW and their Sydney horse riding centre exists, why bother?

Sitting on the back of a four-legged equine friend obviously opens-up a world of beautiful scenery, photographic moments, stories to tell and an experience you’re sure to never forget, but these days it’s considered good for your health and general wellbeing, too.

Woman on horseback riding on beach

Animal contact

Documents by National Geographic say that interactions with animals can have a calming, centring and pleasing affect on anyone’s mental state, putting you more at ease and fulfilling the human need for physical contact.

Core strength

Horseback riding is an isometric exercise, which means it uses specific muscles to stay in certain positions, in this case, keeping balanced on the horse. As a result, postural strength becomes very important in horseback riding.

Balance and co-ordination

Staying balanced becomes more challenging the faster and more quickly the horse moves, so you need to develop coordination skills to move the body with the horse in order to help the horse stay balanced.

Muscle tone

In addition to core muscles, the inner thighs and pelvic muscles get a huge workout as a rider positions themselves. This exercise helps with good overall muscle tone and flexibility.

Cardiovascular exercise

Depending on the type of riding and the speed and agility of the horse, horseback riding can require more effort, energy, and cardiovascular capacity.

Horseback riders talking in forest

Benefits listed first published on Healthiest Best

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