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  1. #1
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    Default Is anyone else tired?

    I am an amateur who works a full time job and gets to the barn about 3-4 days a week, sometimes 5 days. After work, when I ride, I am EXHAUSTED. I mean, out of breath, tired. I trot around and then have to walk. I canter and have to walk. My horse is really quiet and I have to work hard to keep him engaged so that doesn't help. Man, I feel like a loser! It's like my muscles don't want to work when it is late in the evening and cold and there is no one at the barn but me!
    Anyone else have this problem?



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    I'm tired!!! I work a demanding full time job and take care of the horses at home. My daughter rides but isn't quite old enough to be able to do everything herself. We have 3 showing so it's alot of work and motivation, especially in the winter. Sometimes I wonder if it's fun or not, but I love my horses.



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    do you do any other exercise aside from riding?

    it sounds like you could just be a bit out of shape. perhaps try taking up jogging, swimming, or biking on your non-riding days to help improve your cardio and leg strength. i noticed my riding stamina improve by leaps and bounds after i started running a few times a week.

    and stopping for a coffee on the way to the barn helps, too!
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    Yes! I recently went back to being an amateur after working as a professional for a number of years. I am back at an office job plus I have two other part-time businesses, I work out 4 to 5 days a week, and get to the barn 3 days. I am tired all of the time! I am blissfully happy when I get to the barn, but the rest of the time, I just want to sleep! I know the seasons do have an effect on me, so I do have a Seasonal Affective Disorder light that I use. I swear, though, there are days that it just doesn't feel like it does anything!
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    Caradino is right. That sounds like the last thing you want to do when you are exhausted, but from experience, it is true! Winter's short days, cold weather making us snuggle up by the fire, abundance of food over the holidays, etc. play into a depressed/hibernation mode. I was drinking coffee ALL DAY but never got going, so my doctor recommended I begin exercising in addition to riding. By running just for an hour a day, I sleep better at night, have more energy, and am drinking about 7 cups less coffee per day! My kidneys are thanking me.



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    Sometimes I wish I could just hibernate through winter. I hate it. And I tend to throw my diet out the window about Halloween, and don't start thinking about healthy eating until spring! That certainly doesn't help. Combine that with not doing my 4 to 5 days a week of walking 3 miles, and it's just bad. I can't wait for spring.



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    You sound like me - just out of shape. I need to start doing some kind of cardio but I really hate most things (home workout tapes, running, etc). I know working out isn't supposed to be fun but I don't think I should dread it either.
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    If the tiredness is new, you might want to talk to your doctor about it. The only time I suffered from that sort of "out of breath" from riding was when I had an unknown bleeding ulcer and I was so severely anemic that I am lucky I didn't have a stroke or heart attack.

    If it is not something new and just seasonal winter blahs, I was feeling exhausted in December and my chiro (who I see about 2x a year) recommended I take vitamin D. 5000 iu a day. I did a quick bit of research and found that it is not considered dangerous at that level if only taken for a couple of months (winter in my case) and so I started taking it, and that was amazing. If it was a placebo effect, I'll take it. Cheap and easy and it seems to be working.

    Otherwise, you might want to integrate some cardio workouts into your week. I try to run 3x a week, usually only get in 2x. I also try to get in some weight lifting, but that is even less likely to happen than the running. If I cannot jog for 20 minutes, I figure my cardio needs work. I use a heart rate monitor to make sure I'm not cheating and my heart rate is usually in the 150-160 range during the hard parts. Walking won't do it for me.

    Oh, I'm an adult amateur w/ a full time job, a barn with 6 horses (some boarders), but I currently have one horse boarded at an indoor, so only 5 at home, but I've realized it is more work to have one horse somewhere else because I have to pack all my clothes to ride on the way to or from work. I'll be riding 5x a week on the boarded one, and should be getting in at least 5 rides on the others at home, if the deep freeze would ever let up.



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    I KNOW i need to workout in between rides. But it's hard to find the time. I have a 6yr old daughter who rides, so some days when i don't ride, she does. She's tiny so i have to help her. When I get home i have to help her w/homework, etc. and never get to bed before 10PM. I don't ever recall feeling this winded and tired before, but maybe it's because I am 34 now. LOL
    Do those of you who do cardio go the gym, or do something at home? I HATE working out at the gym and the closest one that is worth being a member at is 1/2 hr away. It just won't fit into my day.
    I think i will call the dr. and get checked out just to be sure!
    Glad I am not alone!



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    I can certainly empathize. I work for the DoD and many days are 9-10 hours at the office with another hour or two of work to be done at home. I'm at the barn seven days a week to clean my stall and before her injury layup, was riding at least 5x a week with one of those weekdays hauling down to a lesson and about half the weekends hauling to a show. On top of that I have three cats at home, a (now) husband and stepkids, which all adds up to plenty of laundry, dishes, grooming Himmies, litter boxes, feeding, cooking, etc before I ever get to sit down. Being on the go from 5 am to 10 pm is depressing and exhausting. So, with said horse being on layup, I've picked up a new activity. I am definintely NOT a gym girl... have tried many times before but I just don't like it. Instead I'm doing mixed martial arts. There's a fantastic combination of strength, coordination, and flexibility exercises built into their program. The exercises do bring my heart rate up without totally exhausting me. Since starting, I've found that I regain some energy, have a better outlook, and am happier. Another thing that's helped me perk up is drinking more water. I got a great little camel-back water bottle and I try to drink thorugh at least two bottles of water (which equals six glasses). I can definitely tell when I haven't been drinking water beause I feel totally parched and lethargic.

    So that's what has helped me start to combat the winter blues and overall exhaustion. Hope you find something that works for you!
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    Oh yeah, I am tired as well!! I work a 9-5 full time job and have a 3 hour commute (round trip) thanks to wonderful Houston traffic.

    By the time I get to the barn, the lessons are finishing up and everyone is leaving. I don't feel comfortable being at the barn ALONE that late and having to lock up by myself. I have basically not ridden my horse in 3 weeks and I am feeling extremely guilty about it!!! UGH, I hate winter.



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    Quote Originally Posted by myalter1 View Post
    I KNOW i need to workout in between rides. But it's hard to find the time. I have a 6yr old daughter who rides, so some days when i don't ride, she does. She's tiny so i have to help her. When I get home i have to help her w/homework, etc. and never get to bed before 10PM. I don't ever recall feeling this winded and tired before, but maybe it's because I am 34 now. LOL
    Do those of you who do cardio go the gym, or do something at home? I HATE working out at the gym and the closest one that is worth being a member at is 1/2 hr away. It just won't fit into my day.
    I think i will call the dr. and get checked out just to be sure!
    Glad I am not alone!
    i am also NOT a gym girl at all!! i cannot run on a treadmill for the life of me, it bores me to tears. i just take a run around my neighborhood or down into town... i love being outside and GOING somewhere, and i can just put on my ipod and shut out the world for a little while. i used to think i could "never" be a runner, but now that i've been doing it for 9 months or so, i really love it. it relaxes me and gives me more energy, improves my riding, there really is no downside! another thing i do is work on ab/core strengthening exercises in the evenings after work for about 20-30 min at least 3x a week during my 'de-tune' tv time. i feel fit and happy, depression is kept at bay, and i never have to set foot in a gym!
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    You ARE tired. It DOES affect your riding, no two ways about it. When I was working 60+ hours a week I was tired when I rode, particularly during the week. Weekends were better, but not great.

    I'm semi-retired now and the difference is amazing. Don't discount your level of stress and the affect it has on your body. Manage what you can...the horse doesn't care.

    Save your best rides for the weekend and don't try to accomplish world peace during the week. Worked for me.



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    I am also tired.

    Exercise helps. Nintendo Wii Fit is pretty awesome. I run on our treadmill with the "running" game, which makes it more fun, and then I do all the balance exercises. It berates you if you don't work out for a few days too, good motivation.

    I used to love going to the gym, and I was a Jazzercise FIEND! But no Jazzercise here, and once we moved out to the acreage, I don't have time to go into town for a workout. My home program is going pretty well though.

    Even brisk walking is good for cardiovascular health, if you really hate running. The Wii Fit has a Yoga training thing too, which I enjoy (and I HATED Yoga classes.) Running a full hour at a stretch (as someone above posted) is a big commitment, but even 20 minutes a day will make a significant difference in your overall health.
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    A kiddo is a huge time suck. Although if you get dealt a good hand, there is a lovely period where they are ever-so-useful and helpful ... and then they go to college.

    I had four years where I never had to mow my farm, because my son would take care of it! I would drag the fields and ring, but my son did almost all the mowing, in summer I paid him to do the barn too, my husband does the garden beds, and that was so nice. Then, my son left for college, and I had to remember how to WORK the mower!

    The vitamin D was surprising at how much it energized me. I was seriously dragging in December. And started D and it was a fast improvement.



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    I third the vitamin D! I take 4000 IU a day and it has really helped, and it's cheap! By the way, according to Merck, it would take 50,000 IU a day for a few months to cause toxicity in an adult.



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    im always the same way. i'm a full time college student who runs back and forth 20-30 min from school to work in between classes. i rarely have time to ride much at all when im in school. i've been riding since i was six and i've never taken a hiatus from riding like this. i've gained about 20-25 pounds and i've lost all of my muscle tone. i'm extremely depressed over it all.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SaddleFitterVA View Post
    If the tiredness is new, you might want to talk to your doctor about it. The only time I suffered from that sort of "out of breath" from riding was when I had an unknown bleeding ulcer and I was so severely anemic that I am lucky I didn't have a stroke or heart attack.

    If it is not something new and just seasonal winter blahs, I was feeling exhausted in December and my chiro (who I see about 2x a year) recommended I take vitamin D. 5000 iu a day. I did a quick bit of research and found that it is not considered dangerous at that level if only taken for a couple of months (winter in my case) and so I started taking it, and that was amazing. If it was a placebo effect, I'll take it. Cheap and easy and it seems to be working.
    Totally agree... if this is something new, it may be worth discussing with your doc. I was exhausted for several months-- chores like cleaning stalls and riding even for a short time were leaving me absolutely knackered. Kept pushing through it and eventually ended up in the hospital, with severe GI bleeding.

    Ditto the Vitamin D as well, amazing how much better you feel on it. That and B12. If you are deficient, your doc can even give you B12 shots which I find much more effective than oral B12 vitamins.

    Aside from that, make sure you are taking downtime for yourself! With a kid, a job, a life etc. sometimes we need some time to decompress.... don't pressure yourself to ride if you aren't feeling up to it. A few days OFF of riding here and there may be what you need, as opposed to trying to ride more.
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    Thanks guys. I do have a stressful job- hubby is an attorney and i do all of his paralegal/office stuff. Working for yourself has perks, but has stress too!!

    I am going to try the vitamin D and make an appt. w/ the doc.

    Also, i think Flashgordon reminded me of a great point - if i don't feel up to it, don't push it. The horse i lease is about 16 yrs old, has done IT ALL and packs my butt around the 3 foot (he's not easy, just very safe!)

    The tiredness is kind of new. I don't know whether the stress of life has caught up w/me or what. I also don't sleep at night.I toss and turn, no room for me in the bed w/ the dogs etc. sleep deprivation sucks!



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    I don't ever recall feeling this winded and tired before, but maybe it's because I am 34 now.
    I had the same problem several years ago. I had no strength and would feel very winded even with little exertion. It turns out I have a heart murmer. It's very slight and it took a specialist to pick it up (my regular doctor couldn't hear it), but it's there. Taking a beta blocker helps, except in the coldest weather, when I actually find it counterproductive. I do find that my energy is lowest in the late afternoon/early evening hours, which is apparently pretty common. So definitely get checked out by your doc, who if nothing else might be able to suggest some lifestyle adjustments and/or strategies for upping your energy.



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