Anxiety is hard to deal with, but I'm learning that it's a push-pull relationship....
On living with Borderline Personality Disorder. We all live on a spectrum, in one way or another. Our diets, sexuality, gender, physical health, and mental health puts us somewhere between two extremes.
“What do you have to do today?” my therapist asked me after explaining how I overwhelmed myself to the point of completely shutting down. My instinct was to answer “everything” because that’s what needed to get done. The thing is, I used to be Super Woman.
I was scrolling through something, Facebook or Twitter, and there it was. Some crazy fact on a picture, letting us know how much the average American eats on Thanksgiving. There’s no source for this information. No link back to research done to back this claim. I’ll admit, the American holiday season is focused on gluttony and commercialism. I agree that we should be mindful of what we eat, and and to eat in moderation. But that’s not what that message said to me. For me, it says eat as little as possible.
Riders spend a lot of time in the sun, wind, sand, and dirt, which settles into pores and dulls the skin. So how to fix this? According to the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group, the key to getting a healthy, glowing complexion back is activated charcoal. Charcoal has officially left the BBQ pit and become a skincare staple.
Originally from Texas, Molly Mattson has been riding hunter/jumper for over 30 years. She moved to Hawaii 12 years ago with the plan to get out of the professional horse world and take advantage of the best surf in the world. Now, Molly owns and operates the clothing company Little War Horse and trains horses. She shared her fitness routine with Heels Down Magazine.
If you fall off your horse, the first thing people tell you is to get back on. Face your fears, fix what just happened, and keep moving forward. After all, everyone falls off their horse — that’s what makes you a real rider. Falling off of your horse, no matter how fast or slow, hard or soft, isn’t something to take lightly. Getting right back on your horse is really bad advice.
Ellesse Jordan Tzinberg is a Grand Prix dressage rider, boxer, model, and pilates instructor. She is based in Wellington, Fla., in the winter and Denmark in the summer, training under Rune Willum with goals of competing in the 2018 World Equestrian Games, World Cup finals, and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
If you’re looking for a good way to cleanse your body of processed chemicals and sugars, the Whole30 diet is a great option. It asks you to cut out sweeteners, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, processed foods and beverages, baked goods, and junk foods, plus only eat clean, for 30 days — which seems like it doesn’t leave you a lot. With the limitations of this diet, you have to become extremely conscious of what you’re putting in your body.
Here at Stable & Spice, we’re all about finding the balance between mental and physical health. The workouts we recommend are great for getting you in riding shape, but they’re also great for relieving stress so you’re better focused, and relaxed, in the saddle. If you’re looking for a new way to jumpstart your physical fitness coupled with a great stress reliever, consider taking up boxing.
Getting a decent night’s sleep is as elusive as getting a horse to walk in a straight line. But between waking up early to get to a show, or staying up and stressing about work, it feels like actually being able to sleep is literally just a dream. Until you establish a healthy eating, exercise, and sleep routine getting enough sleep probably won’t happen.
When we show up at the barn, whether for the 1st or 100th time, we’re bringing a lot of baggage with us. Not being able to take criticism, feeling like we know everything, forgetting that there’s an animal under the saddle — these are all examples of bad habits riders can have. It’s easy to get swept up in the fun of the ride or focus on our mistakes.
More often than not, when we finish a great ride, we feel amazing both physically and mentally. We treat riding as our “therapy” time to help us work through the stress of whatever is going on in our lives, rather than leaving the stress behind us before we get to the barn. As important as being physically fit is to being a rider, being mentally fit is as equally important.
Let’s face it: cardio exercises have a bad reputation. Yes, they’re important to our overall health but getting up and running at the crack of dawn, or going after work, sounds boring and awful — to some people. Sure, you can listen to music or podcasts or audiobooks while dodging traffic on the street or avoiding eye-contact at the gym, but before long boredom sets in and you’re scrolling through social media feeds. If you’re not mentally engaged in your physical activity, you’re losing out ...