I'm in need of some great COTH opinions! The word 'break' in the title makes it seem as though I want to have a break from riding, but of course that isn't true. But for now, with school, finances, etc., it doesn't seem feasible to ride. And I'm using that to my advantage, and to do the things that I never would have before because I was too focused on the horses.
But I need some form of exercise. I haven't found anything that quite replaces the love I had for riding, I'm sure nothing will, but I definitely get my kicks out of being active. The problem is I really don't do the gym. I can enjoy a guided class, but I need tangible goals and just 'working out' seems like mindless drudgery to me.
So far I've gotten a bit into climbing (such fun, once I got over my fear of heights!), I'm trying to start running and I'm enjoying it more and more, and I bike as a means of getting around. I think I enjoy these because there are definite and easily measured goals - 'get to the top!' or 'get from point A to point B in less time!'.
I should mention I'm moderately fit, and based in Montreal.
Any other great ideas?
(Of course, if someone just happens to know someone around Montreal who needs horses ridden, well, I wouldn't say no! )
Hiking/backpacking, swimming, snowshoeing, rollerblading, trail running, volunteer to exercise/train dogs at an animal shelter. Do you have a dog you could try a sport with, such as agility or flyball? YOu could also try classes in things to see what interests you, such as yoga.
I hate the gym too. I have three dogs to exercise and two teenage boys to drive around, so there's no time for the gym anyway.
These are great ideas!
I don't have a car, so the getting out to yards / rescue centers might be a problem. I'll look for rescues though and maybe contact them, they might have someone who goes out from the city. Walking dogs at a shelter sounds like a great idea, too!
If you don't have a car then getting to any barn is going to be hard, even with a car it's nothing short of a nightmare. So glad I don't have to drive in that city anymore, I used to have serious anxiety going anywhere.
The only rescue in the area that I know of is Projet Refuge CB, they are listed to be in Longueuil, but not sure where exactly.
The only people I know who might need horses ridden live an hour or more outside of the city.
What about training for a marathon? Spartan Race?
Volunteering at pet rescues/shelters/daycares
See if anyone at your school rides, maybe you could go out with them to the barn. I know McGill has an equestrian team.
I've gotten into downhill mountain biking big time. It gives me the 'out on the trails' feeling, the exercise, the adrenaline rush, and the 'well, I didn't ride that line quite right, better try it again' with the added bonus of being able to stick my mount on the roof of the car and ignore it for days or weeks, and have it come out exactly the same as the last time I rode it.
Ridethehide - yeah, I'd hate to drive in this city. Hell, I'd hate to own a car in this city! It's just not worth it. But it does limit the activities you can easily do. Did you ride while you lived here? And where?
Thanks for the great ideas so far, keep them coming!
Biking in Montreal is fun (well, not in winter, lol). When I make a (car) trip to Montreal I park the car once and for all and walk, bike or take the subway. Good exercise right there!
There have to be riding facilities nearby that you can get to by bus?
I don't live in a big city, so when not riding I bike or walk, ( I can even bike to the barn, it's a hilly 45 mn ride, so when I do that, I'm usually too worn out to ride afterwards, haha!) I bike to my yoga, pilates and zumba classes (I can't get motivated to work out if not in a class), and I go xc skiing in winter, and hiking otherwise, with a few friends.
Oh, and I go swimming, too.