With the Kentucky Derby underway tomorrow, it got us thinking about how riding a horse is darn good workout. While we've already showcased the many celebs who ride horses for fun, today we want to share three reasons why you might want to try hoping on that horse for your next workout!

Why You Should Get Your Kentucky Derby On With Horse Riding

1. A big-time core strengthener. When on a saddle, it takes great core strength—including your back, your abs and your hip flexors—to keep yourself upright and steady on a horse. And that's just when the horse is trotting. Get a horse up to faster speeds, jumps or making turns, and you really have to engage that core!

2. Thighs of steel. Besides core strength, riding a horse is a great workout for the inner and outer thighs. From stabilization to telling the horse where to go with soft kicks, believe us: your legs will be sore in new ways after riding a horse for the first time.

3. Increased mind-body awareness. When riding, you have to be incredibly present and mindful. Riding a horse does have the potential to be dangerous, so it's important to pay attention and stay focused. Doing so during your ride can help you better connect your movements to your mind, enhancing your mind-body connection along with improving your coordination and agility. It's like a workout for your brain!

So don't let all the Kentucky Derby jockeys have all the fun this weekend—try horse riding for your next workout!

Jennipher WaltersJennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.

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