Being a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader has taught me how vital health and fitness are. Having proper nutrition and exercising regularly can be a double-edged sword. Although it may be hard to make time to workout and continuously make the right dietary choices, you benefit by staying healthy, having lots of energy, and looking your best! Getting ready for auditions can be 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 crucial 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, shrimp, 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, the audition process requires a lot of stamina. In preparation for the big day I make it a point to work out 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. I also love to switch it up sometimes and take ballroom fitness classes, which allows me to burn calories and have fun at the same time. 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 along with it.
Wishing you all luck at auditions this year!