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Ideas for Getting Fit for heat when you work in air conditioning all day

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  • Ideas for Getting Fit for heat when you work in air conditioning all day

    Its officially summer here in NJ. Its hot and humid and only going to get hotter. When I was a kid i worked outside at the barn all summer and often rode in the heat of the day. Now as an adult ammy I ride in the evenings and sit on my butt in air conditioning all day. Doesn't do much to help you get fit to compete in the summer heat.

    I try to ride during the day on weekends. My horse gets fit very easily, so she doesn't need a lot of trot and canter sets. So trying to come up with a plan to get myself more tolerant of the heat.

    I already do sit-ups, crunches, and leg lifts everyday to keep my core strength up. In past years I've tried running, but that doesn't seem to make a big difference. My husband suggested maybe sprinting rather than distance to really stresss the cardio system, recover and do it again.

    Just curious if anyone else who rides one horse and works full time in a non-horsey job struggles with this.

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    I stuggle with it. I ride early in the mornings during the week. I still don't like to ride in the worst time of the day if I can avoid it.

    Biggest thing for me is staying hydrated. If I'm well hydrated...the heat doesn't bother me much.

    And just getting fit in general will help. Perhaps take a yoga class. They have a hot yoga class near me....I'm thinking of giving it a try.
    ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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      Back in the days when I used to run, I found that it also helped if I wasn't turning on the A/C so much at home. I usually ran in the mornings and the evenings, and would only turn the A/C on at home on the hottest of days (there was nothing that I could do about the A/C at work, of course). I lived in NYC at the time, so I really had to struggle with myself to keep it off, believe me. All that concrete & asphalt heated everything up quickly, and kept everything heated up. Maybe it was in my mind, but I felt that this helped me acclimate somewhat.
      -Debbie / NH

      My Blog: http://deborahsulli.blogspot.com/

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      • #4
        My brother races cars which means even more heat than riding and for longer periods (sometimes several hours in the car/suit) and he takes Bikram yoga classes - not for the yoga part but for the heat tolerance. It sounds like a horrible experience, but he said it helps.

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          Bikram Yoga --yikes

          I haven't heard about that type of Yoga class before. Goolged it --- Yoga in a room with temp at 105 degrees. I bet that would help. If you can get yourself heat tolerant for car racing that should be more than enough to ride. I'll have to look into that. I bet even 2 days a week could be enough to help.


          Bornfreenowexpensive -- how did your horse do at plantation in the training? My mare was super, but that was when I decided I need to do something about getting better in the hear. Ran XC and Stadium at 3:00 in the afternoon and was really feeling it about 4 fences from home.

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            Originally posted by Friday1 View Post
            Bornfreenowexpensive -- how did your horse do at plantation in the training? My mare was super, but that was when I decided I need to do something about getting better in the hear. Ran XC and Stadium at 3:00 in the afternoon and was really feeling it about 4 fences from home.

            I was feeling the heat before I even got on. Felt really sick actually. Had spent the morning grooming for my horse that was ridden in the Prelim. But the horse I was riding was a star. Decent dressage for where he is in his training and a nice stadium trip. He was super xc but I wasn't riding him very well. Made a stupid mistake at the ditch and had a greenie stop....but I take the blame for that. It was just his second training and he is still really green so he needs me more on top of my game. I wasn't very happy with my riding but I was happy with my horse!

            I do plan on looking into that yoga class. Next event I'm riding both of my horses and that might kill me!
            Last edited by bornfreenowexpensive; Jun. 14, 2010, 07:51 AM.
            ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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            • #7
              I have found that going home from work with the windows down in the car instead of using the A/C helps some.
              Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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                Bornfreenowexpensive--
                Had the same issue at Plantation. My mare "Bounced off" the little tiny log pile into the novice coop out on the way home before the water. No reason for it other than I felt like a floppy fish up there by that point. Found a way to sit up and ride after that, but damn it was hot....:-)

                Everytime I have done that first weekend in June plantation it has been unusually hot. Strange since its so early in the summer...makes me think of good old Amwell Valley HT 15 years ago. That was always a scorcher

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                • #9
                  I'm in VA and running outdoors helps me a lot! (Though, don't go crazy, just as you try not to ride your horse in the 95 degree 3 pm sun, same for you.)

                  I also don't air condition my house, I think it's been 4 years now. (I'm cheap, the SO is Hawaiian and has a ridiculous humidity tolerance, so it all works out . . .)

                  Also, when you actually get in the heat, don't be shy. Drink as much as you can, hose off the back of your neck between rides (that helps me a lot!) I think it gets better over the season too--June is always a shock.

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