Traditionally, yoga is not part of the fitness routine of Jacksonville cheerleading members. Most cheerleaders need high-intensity workout to strengthen their core, leg, and arm muscles. These strengthening condition sessions will get cheerleaders into the top physical shape for their cheer season.
But lately, more and more teams are being flexible over the workout sessions incorporated into their fitness table. To go full out, cheerleaders have to maintain a well-rounded level of fitness—that means doing high-intensity and low-intensity workouts for strength training, consistent cardio, endurance training, and meditation.
There are many wellness and fitness benefits of yoga, but here are the ones that are advantageous to cheerleaders more than anyone else:
This is already a given when it comes to yoga. Nothing helps you bend more than yoga poses. They aren’t just normal poses, too, and the stretches that they do are nothing compared to the ones that athletes do before the training or the game itself. Stretches done for yoga activate muscle groups that otherwise lay dormant in other exercises, workouts, and trainings. This is really a great workout for cheerleaders because most stunts require all your muscle group to work.
Heightened mental acuity
Yoga uses meditative breathing to help you focus and to channel your energy away from stress and into your inner peace. Cheerleading may be a fun and fierce sports, but nobody can deny that it is full of challenges that sometimes overstress and overwork cheerleaders. When you have a clearer mind, you will be able to focus on your responsibilities more. With all the dance routines you need to remember, having a well-focused mind would come in handy. Yoga will also help you sleep better at night, which means you’re better activated the next day.
Protection from injury
Many injuries that happen because of cheerleading are strains and muscle tears. In cheerleading, the number one injury is concussions. There’s not much you can do about this, but to train hard, so you can lessen the circumstances of it happening. Injuries are natural occurrences when you are a cheerleader. Yoga can help protect you from other kinds of injuries. Yoga stretches your muscles and your ligaments, so they don’t tear so easily when accidents happen.
Gives more energy
Thanks to muscle activation and meditation, yoga will give you more energy than energy drinks and Starbucks Frappuccinos can. The reason why people go to yoga sessions is because they feel refreshed afterwards. Since Jacksonville cheerleading is such a high-intensity sports, you need all the energy you can get.