As a working-student, Sarah is familiar with the long days of demanding physical work, but this does not deter her from riding any horse she can get her hands on. She frequently exercises the green babies, and never passes up an opportunity to school the sale horses as well. She rides 6 days per week (many of those without stirrups), and maintains an exercise routine outside of the barn. First thing Monday morning before school, Sarah commits to working out with a personal trainer at the gym to improve the strength of her whole body (not just her legs and core). Throughout the week when she cannot use the machines at the gym, she will fit in all different types of crunches, lunges, squats, and push ups. However, with all of this physical activity and early morning chores, she recognizes that getting the proper amount of sleep is essential for her to feel strong and ride confidently.
Sarah also strives to eat healthy in order to fuel her body properly for riding. She tends to eat smaller portions more often, and her favorite meal is a colorful mixed salad with grilled chicken. If she needs an energy boost when busy at the horse show, she reaches for a protein bar, but some of her favorite snacks include fresh fruit and carrots with hummus. Even though the horse show sweets can be tempting, she tries to stick to a diet low in refined sugars. Lastly, she finds that eating a larger dinner the night before a show helps her to maintain her energy when she gets nervous before a big class.
There is no doubt that Sarah's hard work and commitment to the horses, and to her own health, helped her to come out on top!
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