Walking a 10-foot circle as you longe your horse will not only burn calories for you, but your horse
In the January 2007 issue of Horse & Rider
, we offer some tips for getting fit--and slim while you spend time at the barn and with your horse. To help you out, we've put together this chart of calorie-burning values for common horse-related activities.
Keep in mind--the more vigorously you perform these exercises, the more you'll maximize the calorie burning benefits. We'll give you the number of calories burned per exercise for a person who is 5'8" and weights 150 lbs. If you have a smaller frame and weight, you'll burn slightly fewer calories; you'll burn slightly more if you have a larger frame and weigh more.
|Vigorously curry your horse, using a circular arm motion.
|Vigorously brush your horse. (Tip: alternate arms).|
|Walk a 10-foot circle, as you longe your horse.|
|Briskly hand-walk your horse. (Tip: add wrist or ankle weights for increased calorie-burning and aerobic benefits.)|
|Push 50-pound load in wheelbarrow.|
|Ride at the walk.|
|Ride at the trot. (Tip: Posting at a medium trot will burn more calories than sitting at a jog.)|
|Ride at the lope.|
|Sweep/rake. (Tip: For a great waist trimmer, twist your upper body with each stroke, rather than using only your arms. When sweeping with a pushbroom, slightly bend your knees, to push off with your legs into each stroke.)|
|Unload/stack 100-pound hay bales. (Tip: Protect your back by bending at the knees, and using your legs to lift the load. Consider a back support brace when lifting heavy loads.)|
|Unload/stack 50-pound straw bales.|
|Lift/heft 20 pounds (feed/water).|
|Lift/heft 40-pound Western saddle on/off horse.|
|Lift/heft 20-pound English saddle on/off horse.|