As the new season begins, it is easy to get very excited and forget about the summer ahead of you! But there’s no way you can forget your summer vacations and other fun plans you have going on. With these awesome plans, you will probably be missing some team practices over the course of the summer break. Of course everyone understands the whole point of summer break, a BREAK! But, if we give ourselves a complete break, especially physically, we will have a rough time getting back in the swing of things.
All-star cheerleading is competitive and requires hard work and another key thing, dedication! Yeah, you got that right, being successful calls for some dedication to yourself, your team, and your sport! This dedication can be a range of things but right now, I am talking more about the physical dedication athletes have.
Successful athletes sometimes say this common quote, “No days off!” and that may seem drastic to a lot of people, but this may be a very logical solution to staying ahead of the game. This phrase, no days off, can mean multiple things. What I am suggesting is to be successful, dedicate yourself to doing something to keep your body active daily. This daily movement of any kind is going to keep your body active and better able to handle the hard work ahead in the competition season!
There is no way you are going to want to run a mile everyday or do some hardcore workout, summer is a break and that’s understandable. By all means, go do those crazy workouts if you would like and it will help you in the long run, but keeping it simple is the best way to go.
For example: Take a walk around your neighborhood or wherever you are (on vacation, walk on the beach, the town, etc.) with a family member or friend, even a pet if you have one; Go swim at the pool or a body of water accessible; Ride your bike, scooter, skateboard, etc.; Jump rope; Play hopscotch. The possibilities are endless, anything fun can be active too so don’t stray away from innovative ideas to stay in motion. There’s a quote that goes with this very well, “A body in motion, stays in motion. A body at rest stays at rest. Keep moving!”
By: Amanda Tunison