Being such an attractive and picturesque activity, you may not think that it could be a sport. However, the International Olympic Committee has already declared it as such, and could even become part of the Olympic Games in the future.
‘Cheerleading’, is now a sport
Although many see it as a hobby only, practicing cheerleading requires a lot of strength and coordination to perform lifts, turns, pirouettes and dance movements. With that in view, the executive board of the International Olympic Committee voted to officially recognize it as a sport, explains Health magazine.
Official recognition does not necessarily imply that you will be present at the Olympic Games, but may now qualify to place the request to participate. And in addition, he could receive funding to support his athletes. According to The New York Times, he will receive at least US $ 25,000 a year and could apply to receive scholarships.
A sport with health benefits
If you are interested in practicing it, or want your children to start enjoying this sporting activity, know the health benefits it brings.
Less cardiovascular risks
Cheerleaders must frequently run, jump, and remain active for long periods of time. This cardiovascular exercise would strengthen the heart and lungs, reducing the risks of these athletes from having heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and similar health problems, says the Livestrong Foundation site.
To maximize the benefits of this sport, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week, the same source said.
As we said, cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise is an important part of this activity, and it would help those who practice maintaining a healthy body weight. By avoiding obesity, they can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.
Build strong muscles
Throwing and lifting other athletes, jumping and other components of cheerleading activity, could help them maintain strong muscles. This, in turn, could reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis and arthritis, and decrease muscle pain.
Less depression and anxiety
This activity requires cooperation and communication, as well as frequent social interactions, something that can help cheerleaders make friends and gain support from their peers, which would reduce the risk of depression or anxiety.
Now that you know its potential benefits, will you give this sport a chance?
Consult a doctor with any questions, and before modifying your exercise routine.