Riding a bicycle is more than a healthy habit, or a cheaper way to get from one place to another. The real problem is that if we ask any young man what the definition of the term diet is, many would answer that it merely is cutting down on the daily amounts of food we are used to consume. Therefore the most efficient way to lose weight is establishing a healthy nutrition regime, accompanied by exercise on daily basis. Another benefit is that not only will it make you lose weight, but your muscles will be well toned and you will look healthy and happy as much as slim. Recognising this, and to meet public demand to get involved in equestrianism, the British Equestrian Federation has launced a new health and fitness campaign called ‘Trot to be Trim’. Trot to be Trim promotes the many health and well being benefits long associated with riding and being involved with horses. Top health and fitness guru Angie Best, who was also the former wife of the legendary football player George Best, is a regular rider who believes riding and physical fitness go hand-in-hand. A study carried out by The British Horse Society in 2011 revealed that riding can expend sufficient energy to be classed as moderate-intensity exercise.
It takes two – horse riders are strongly motivated to take part in riding by the sense of wellbeing they gain from interacting with horses.
Jo Shuker, a 49-year-old grandmother, lost four stone in five months when she began riding again with her daughter and grand-daughter after a 32-year break.

Andrew Finding, Chief Executive of the BEF commented: “A major aim of the BEF’s Legacy project, Hoof, is to inspire more people to become involved in riding and benefit from all that it has to offer. It is the optimal way to lose weight without having to cut down on food rigorously which can be a great threat for your health years and years after that. What is even scarier is that some people would answer that it means starving to death for a week or so and then go on having one meal a day. Yes, the origin of the word is from a word which has the meaning of nutrition regime, not starvation regime like it is according to many unfortunately. First, it is great for those who are getting back into shape after a long period of low level of daily physical activity because it does not give any pressure to your muscles or joints.
Angie, also a British Showjumping Ambassador, came back to the sport when their son Calum left home and backs the campaign wholeheartedly. There is so much to do with the horse before and after you ride, it’s three times the benefit of other exercise plans!  Hundreds of calories are used during each session and so much fun with a great sense of achievement,” she said. An hour’s schooling session or group lesson burns off 360 calories – the equivalent to an hour peddling up to 10mph on a cycle ride. Evidence shows that regular periods of trot work in a riding session may enhance the energy expended and the associated health benefits. Horse riding is especially well placed to encourage physical activity among women of all ages.

This important positive psychological interaction with an animal occurs in a very few sports. The problem with the youth of today is that they avoid healthy foods and drinks at all cost on one hand, they all prefer fast food and great amounts of alcohol instead. Yes, unfortunately, today there are many places where the youth can get useful information on many subjects, yet the youth is desperately uninformed about things which are essential for the wellbeing of each and every human being. Another good thing about choosing this kind of exercise for losing weight is that even though riding at normal speed, you lose weight anyway.
Evidence indicates that the vast majority of riders are female, and more than a third (37 per cent) of riders who took part in the survey were aged over 45. Why be hungry all day when you can have a nice meal rich in nutrition values containing all vitamins and minerals for a nice and healthy day. It is statistically proven that an hour of cycling at normal speed will burn 500 calories, guaranteed.

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