Don’t just aim for one large goal.
Say you want to lose 20 pounds over
the winter; that shouldn’t be your goal.
Instead, set mini goals: you want to make
sure you work out at least three times a
week, or lose two pounds in two weeks.
Once you’ve accomplished that
goal, reward yourself by setting a new
one—did you go to the gym three times
a week for two straight weeks? Push for
four days a week. Or five minutes longer
on the treadmill. Build up your stamina
and strength slowly, all while building
Keep a record of your workouts and
what you’re eating. Studies show that
people who track their eating can lose
weight faster than those who don’t.
Think about it: do you really want to
write down each time you get up to steal
a Hershey’s Kiss from the office candy
“I like to use a FitBit and track my stats
and review them daily,” says Otley.
Make Nutrition a Priority
You can never out sweat a bad diet, so use
this winter to clean things up: less soda,
more water, more lean protein and veggies,
less carbs and candy.
Make a meal plan each week and grocery
shop for the week using that meal plan.
Start meal prepping to help lessen the need
for fast food.
At minimum, you probably stay active
feeding and cleaning stalls. If you’re able to
squeeze in some riding, even better. In addition to working on your fitness, winter can
also be a great time to focus on groundwork
or other training goals with your horse that
are less of a priority during riding season.
By making the effort to eat healthy and
stay active, you’ll be ready to tackle your
riding goals in the spring.
Find more tips from Andrea Otley at www.
MEGAN ARSZMAN is a freelance writer based
Lay out your
clothes or pack
your gym bag the
night before to
The best way to
stay motivated is to
find a fitness buddy.
group at your barn,
Weight Watchers or
even a Facebook
group of like-minded
individuals can keep
you on track.