The biggest benefits of cheerleading
Over the years, cheerleading has increased in popularity with more than 50,000 athletes all over Australia today according to the AASCF (Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation). Cheerleading, with its colourful mottos and acrobatic stunts, has advantages as obvious as a bright pom pom on a pitch.
Here is a list of its biggest benefits:
Cheerleading makes you fitter
Similar to aerobics, cheerleading makes for a good and fun workout. Being a mix of gymnastics, acrobatics and dance, it improves your flexibility, coordination, balance and posture. Danielle Wechsler, who founded cheerFIT Training, estimates that you will burn 600 calories on average during a cheer practice – which is about 200 calories more than what you would burn while cycling for an hour!
Cheerleading makes you stronger
As a good workout, it builds on your shoulder and core strengths. Even though cheerleading has been told to be one of the most perilous sports for female athletes, results from recent studies do not support this claim. According a study led by Dustin Currie at the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz, “cheerleading is actually relatively safe compared to the other high school sports we studied, ranking 18th out of the 22 sports we looked at in terms of overall injury rate.” Against the common belief, it has been proven that jumping drastically increases bone density. Practising cheerleading actually makes you stronger and could help reduce the risk of certain injuries such as sprains.
Cheerleading makes you versatile
Cheerleading can become very useful when you are looking for a job, as it helps you develop various transferable skills. Practising moves time after time until it is perfect shows determination, dedication and strong-will. You will also improve your interaction and communication skills, and learn to be a reliable team player: your partners will need and count on you for their stunts. Being on the cheerleading team will demonstrate passion and the ability to inspire. Dancing and cheering in front of many people will certainly boost your confidence also.
Cheerleading makes you happier
You will meet a lot of new people by joining a cheerleading squad, and your circle of friends will grow larger, affecting your mood positively. On another hand, supporting another sports team means that you will keep cheering and smiling even if they are losing. A study conducted by Dr Michael Lewis from Cardiff University, originally about botox recipients, showed that “the expressions that we make on our face affect the emotions we feel”. So smiling makes you happy! Researchers have also found that group singing or chanting has many positive effects on the brain. On a more physical level, cheering and chanting requires diaphragmatic breathing – a deep breathing which has various medical benefits including the reduction of the negative effects of stress.
So, now you don’t have any reason to hesitate about joining a cheer team – and you might want to join it sooner rather than later: cheerleading might soon become an Olympic sport!
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