Rider Fitness | 3 Simple De-Stress Techniques for The Busy Equestrian Athlete

3 De-Stress Techniques

No Stress

No Stress

I think November must be the new January, I have had a surge of interest in training  this month!

With the average person putting on 11lbs between now and christmas due to poor nutrition and the silly season kicking in, now IS the time to be taking action with your health.

As an equestrian athlete, this is a great time to do so, with many of the major events over for those of you who compete and the nights pulling in stopping the frequency of hacking after work for many of you.

This time of year is a great chance to put yourself in great stead for the new year and reduce the amount of hard work you will need to do in the New Year ready for you and your horse getting into great shape for next season.

So you’re having trouble losing fat from your stomach, bum, legs & arms. Not uncommon about 80% of the females and 40% of the men that approach me for equestrian specific training and The Equestrian Athlete Plan.

It is more than likely that you have an oestrogen dominance problem. Fat cells in these areas of the body are more receptive to oestrogen, so your body stores more fat in these cells when oestrogen is dominating the sex hormone flowing around your body.

I’ll put this down to 3 main reasons there are several but I don’t want to re write the bible today,

  1. Poor liver function
  2. Xenoestrogens from toxicity in the diet
  3. Poor Sleep


Here are 3 very simple things you can do to start making sure you address these issues before you wage war with your body at Christmas!

Liver- clean up your diet! Remove; wheat, gluten, sugar, processed food, alcohol and caffeine. This gives your liver a chance to rest recover and start to go back to normal function and produce regular amounts of sex hormone binding globulin. Aim to consume approximately1 litre of water per 4 stones of body mass, or 1 litre per 50lbs of body mass.

Xenoestrogens. – Xenoestrogens are chemically made oestrogens that are found in processed foods. They make us extremely efficient at storing fat! Cruciferous vegetables such as Watercress (the authority), spinach, broccoli, curly kale are awesome. These basically bind to these toxic estrogens and remove them from the system.

Poor sleep. Go to bed earlier and establish a routine. You need 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night between the hours of 10pm-6am. Use adaptogen supplements such as tulsi tea to reduce stress and improve sleep any time after 5pm in the day. I supplement with Magnesium (muscle relaxant) and Zinc. You want ‘ate’ versions such as ctitrate, gluconate and so on and so forth. You could also try reading (fiction) and meditation to help with sleep too!


You owe it to your horse to be fit for purpose!


Good Luck,


Author of The Equestrian Athlete Plan

07841 136 302

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