Being a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader has taught me how vital health and fitness are. Having proper nutrition and exercising regularly are a double-edged sword; you stay healthy and have lots of energy while simultaneously looking your best! Our weekly practices and games are very physically demanding, and I have learned the importance of staying in shape with not only a well-balanced diet, but also with a weekly exercise regime.
First, it is essential to plan out a balanced meal plan that will provide you with the essential nutrients. I always start off my day with breakfast and coffee. I love oatmeal with cinnamon, sliced apples, and brown sugar. If I find myself hungry before lunch I will usually snack on an orange or an apple, or perhaps sugar free jello with low fat whipped cream. For lunch and dinner my plate always contains protein such as chicken, fish, turkey, or tuna, vegetables such as sweet potatoes, broccoli, or asparagus, and a whole grain such as brown rice or quinoa. I eliminate as many carbohydrates from my diet as possible, replace sugary drinks with water, and avoid sweets at all costs.
Secondly, being a cheerleader requires a lot of stamina. In addition to the workout I get at practice, I make it a point to work out on my own at least 3 times a week. I run and walk on the treadmill in 30-minute intervals, bike for approximately 15 minutes, and finish with an abdominal workout and stretch. While working out, I always listen to my favorite music, which enhances and prolongs my workout.
I want to stress the fact that getting into and staying in shape has to become a way of life. There has to be a firm commitment to look one’s best and take the necessary measures to achieve that goal. As aforementioned, it boils down to making the right dietary choices and maintaining a consistent workout regimen.