I've been horse riding today, and have decided it is the ultimate in physio.
I guess the mental thing, is more down to the fact, that it's something I've only ever actually dreamed of doing. I was a very protected child, and was banned from anything that might involve getting an infection. Including swimming and travelling by bus.
As long as you are careful, don't muck out, and wear a face mask, it's so good for your lungs.
Sorry to be a bit graphic here: But I have brought up goo right down from the pits of my lungs after my lesson today. Somewhere even physio can't reach. I only did a gentle trot and a lot of walking and steering. I couldn't trot stood up, as my muscles aren't strong enough due too a muscle wasting condition I have aswell.
I can't state enough how good it was too see this gunk coming up, I've just had 2 weeks of IV's, and my chest was feeling quite groovey. But only surface white stuff was coming up with physio.
It generally didn't hurt my legs either, although apparently I'm unusual there. I could just have a high pain threshhold due too normally having painful legs anyway, or because I'm on regular painkillers . It's not guaranteed your legs won't hurt after.
I guess a lot of this is mental, but there is a lot of physical evidance that it's done me some good.
Anyone else find anything that works for them? I generally find singing really good and karate was excellant too. Playing the trumpet is extremely good for keeping your lungs strong. If I could still play (I broke my nose when little, so had too stop) I definatelly would be. It's like a really strong version of doing PEP and works all your lung muscles.