The CheerLeader Athlete
Yes hear me good…CHEERLEADING IS A SPORT. Period. Let’s think about this logically right. The flips, splits, stunts, and jumps all require high energy. In order to do all of this you have to train your body. The body needs muscles strength, flexibility, and endurance. As most leader athletes know this does not happen on “game day”. Athletes train their body to build muscle, strength and endurance. It happens in the gym and more importantly in the kitchen.
Cheerleaders and gymnasts are no different. In addition to all of this they have to keep a positive attitude and smile through the pains even when their team is losing! It’s 2019 so the debate ends here.
That being said just like any other athlete the cheerleaders nutrition status is important to ensuring they are able to keep up with their routines.
Here are 5 tips to for High Energy Game time!
Eat regularly scheduled meals throughout the day. Before any big game or competition make sure you are not skipping meals. In order to keep up your energy you need food. Typically there may also be practices that same day leading up to the game and competition that requires your full energy as well.
Limit intake of high sugar foods and caffeine. This includes foods such as coffee, juices, sodas, chocolate etc. While these foods may promise bursts of energy you may need on game day they also wear off quickly and can leave you feeling sluggish. You want to ensure you keep the pep in your step all game long even through overtime.
Schedule quiet time. Quiet your mind before any big game or competition. This is the perfect time to zone out to your favorite tunes or just be in your own head space. This can help lower stress and anxiety levels. It also helps you remain present in the moment and enjoy every second you are energizing the crowd to your team’s victory.
Enjoy the day. Try not to overwork yourself on game or competition day. I know this may be a challenge as you’re practicing your routine to get it perfect before going on the floor or entering the stadium. But enjoy the day and relax. Energize yourself with self care practices before you energize the crowd. When we overwork ourselves it can lead to stress and then we tend to make simple mistakes.
Stop eating. Don’t eat right before your performance. Stop eating at least 1-2 hours prior. If you’ve been eating your scheduled meals you should be fine to do without a meal or snack for at least the next few hours until afterwards. Eating right before a performance can disrupt the digestion process making you feel queasy or nauseated. You want to be at your absolute best ready to go. Running off the floor because undigested food is coming up is not your best.
If you’re ready to get started on a personalized meal plan for optimal performance for strength and endurance book your appointment and let’s get started!