by Sheikha Latifah Al Maktoum
  • 2 minute read
  • April 12, 2020
Show Jumper Sheikha Latifah Al Maktoum On How To Stay Focused Like An Athlete During This Time
Set goals

I think people need to stick to a routine, just like they used to before the COVID-19 outbreak. It helps to have an attainable set of goals planned for each day, as it keeps you motivated. Keep in touch with your community, friends and family, who can hold you accountable for achieving your targets.

Stay motivated

As a fitness enthusiast, I love training at the gym because of my community there. But these days, I’ve been scheduling online training sessions with my friends, which is fun and adds an element of competition to them. It’s hard to train on your own and push yourself, so make sure you surround yourself with positive people, virtually, of course. We’re living in the age of technology, which has made it so much easier to work and train online. It’s something I look forward to every day.

Learn a new skill

I’m learning Italian and my friend is brushing up her skills, so we’ve been communicating with each other in the language and comparing our results. For those of you who have always wanted to do something, but never had the time, this is your chance.

Spend time with your pets

My horses and dogs, Logi and Duke, are happy that they’re spending more time with us during quarantine. Even before the ongoing lockdown, my team was in self-isolation because our animals can’t take care of themselves, and we need to ensure we’re okay, so that we can tend to them.

As for my horses, thankfully, I have a fantastic team and they’re doing a good job under the circumstances. I have some young horses in Europe at present, so bringing them out here in the summer will be a bit more comforting for me. I think people appreciate the importance of fitness and pets now more than ever.

Sheikha Latifah Al Maktoum is an Olympic-level show jumper and three-time UAE national champion. She competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China; and the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, USA. She has participated in the Asian Games four times—in 2006, when the team won bronze; 2010, where the team bagged silver medals and she earned an individual silver; and in 2014 and 2018, where she ranked fourth and seventh, respectively.

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