Let's simply start meeting ourselves where we are currently at.
Let's start being realistic with where we are at and where we are going. This has come to the forefront for me in regards to movement, exercise, and getting more physically fit to back in the box.
I'll admit that I'm human. (My tribe knows I have a strong dislike for this admission!) I struggle with things that I don't think are fun or fabulous. Insert doing work off of the horse despite that it is going to help me reach my goals. News Flash: I have what I call Clark Kent syndrome where I think I can be Superman at anything I touch that I'm really passionate about without doing all of the grindy work.
This Is what #Inthearena365 is all about. I'm having these conversations because I'm human also. ( Ok, tribe are you happy I admitted it twice! Lol) This is also what I love about #inthearena365 is that I get to have these conversations with you.
So back to the story at hand, meeting yourself where you are at. If you are In a similar arena to me, where you know what you need to do to help you and your horse. Or you at least know that you should be doing something then listen up.
Start by fitting something that is doable for you in your day. I'll give you my current example.
Right now I'm committed to 10-30 min In the morning before work. For me every morning looks a little different but there are a few nonnegotiables. I start with some cycling on the spin bike, then there has to be some shoulder work and some core work involved. Those are the three nonnegotiables for me. The combination of how that gets down and exactly what I do each day looks different. It looks different depending upon the needs of my body and how it wants to move. It also looks different as I get back on the horse with some exercises that I have let lapse for 6 months.
This is working for me right now. This is working for for a couple of reasons. I'm not in a headspace right now to go do a regimented workout that looks insta perfect in an insta workout gear. I'm literally rolling out to my spin bike in my fav baggy sweats and barn t-shirt. I've also worked out in my jeans and t-shirt.
By having a loose structure, It gives me points to accomplish but flexibility on how to get there, similar to riding my colts.
Now if you are in a headspace and structure where you are going hardcore with your workouts, then rock on with your bad self. I'm so proud of you. There is no shame with however you chose to move. And I hope you post it on instagram if that's what helps you and others close to you. Rock on.
Today, my arena looks a little less like that. I think it is important to have that conversation too. Start by setting yourself up for success. Pick a looser structure and stick with it. Ten minutes of walking every day. Two nonnegotiables that have to be met in whatever timeline or structure works for you.
Start meeting yourself where you are at. Start showing up for yourself every day.
I'm curious how does moving and exercising look In your arena? Post in the comments what is working for your workout routine right now.
Farley Schweighart is a Physical Therapist who helps riders and their horses heal from injury, improve performance, and return to winning.