Riding High with Farah Al Khojai
Farah Al Khojai’s love for riding began at a very young age when she used to ride at the Pony Club in the UK. University, marriage and children became her priority, before she returned to her childhood passion of riding. And it was a good job she did as not only did she take silver at the FEI World Dressage Championships, but she then went on to take bronze at the Pan Arab Games in 2011. “I love the feeling that comes with riding,” says Farah. “You can control the horse through technique rather than by sheer force. Plus, it’s where I can have my me-time moment for the day.”
My weekly workout: Farah rides six times a week, choosing to head out in the early morning, while the weather is still cool for the horses. During her 90-minute ride she gets a total body workout. Riding works her arms, thighs and core, as she needs good core strength to maintain her balance on the horse, and her arms and thighs to control the direction and speed of the horse. She finishes each ride with another stretch. “It’s so important to warm up my muscles before a ride and cool back down after,” says Farah.
Snack attack “I enjoy snacking on carrots and apples whenever I feel hungry in between meals.’
Stay focused “Never get frustrated, tomorrow is another new day.”