We talk to fitness consultants Matt Hart and Anth Roland of Torq Fitness, who give their top advice on improving your own fitness and diet in a bid to improve your stamina and ability.
1. Plan your fuel (or food) as you would for your horse. To perform at any level, you need to look after your own energy levels.
2. Make the connection between your physical abilityand the level you can ride your horse at. If you’re fit, strong and well fuelled, this will have a massive impact on what you can achieve.
3. The better you look after yourself the better you’ll feel – and this will enable you to get that much more out of your riding.
4. Make time to eat and drink.
5. Drip feed energy in over the course of the day or event. If you are riding at high intensity or for long durations, aim to consume up to 60g of carbohydrate per hour.
6. Keep all snacks, food and drink as low in fat as possible. Anything over 6g of fat per 100g of product is too high.
7. Build in some form of exercise to your week. Aim tomake space for 20-30 minutes of exercise two to four times per week.
8. Be creative with exercise. Think about your daily routine and what’s around you. A couple of laps of the paddock before you leave means you can avoid the gym!
9. Visualise yourself achieving. Breaking down skills and techniques allows you to visualise what you need to do to succeed.
10. Mental alertness is key. If you’re a regular coffee or tea drinker, you’ll need a certain amount of caffeine to feel alert.