Hydration 101

Share This Post

If you’re a cheerleader, you know that it’s important to practice hard prior to games and competition. What you may not be aware of is that hydration plays a major role in the way you feel and perform. To optimize performance, you should take into account what you eat and drink prior to, during and after workouts. When you’re properly hydrated your energy increases, body temperature regulates and performance levels improve- bonus: it will give your skin a healthy, even glow.

When thinking about hydration, remember these helpful tips:

1.       Your urine should be a pale yellow, like lemonade. If it’s closer to the color of apple juice, increase your water intake.

2.       If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

Signs of dehydration:

  • Headache
  • Dry lips
  • Joint pain
  • Dry skin
  • Fatigue


Starting practice or a game already hydrated is the best way to ensure peak performance as well as safety. Two to three hours beforehand, drink 2-3 glasses of water. Then, 10-20 minutes before your performance, drink another 1-1 ½ glasses. When it’s hot out, drink cold water throughout the day to keep your body temperature down. One trick to keep you drinking is to add fruit or mint to your water. This will add flavor to keep things interesting!

Stay hydrated by adding these high water content foods to your meals:

  • Pineapples
  • Blueberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Pears
  • Melons
  • Tomatoes


Fluid intake during workouts should equal the amount of fluids lost due to sweat and urination. This means that you should drink one glass of water every 15-20 minutes. For practices or games that last more than 45 minutes, take place during high temperatures or are high intensity, add a sports drink like Gatorade to replace electrolytes. Remind your coach to include water breaks in the practice plan and encourage your teammates to always have a water bottle with them.


After workouts, you should re-hydrate within two hours to aid muscle recovery. Drink 3-4 glasses of water, depending on how much you were sweating. If your workout was intense, drink tart cherry juice or chocolate milk to help speed recovery.

Happy hydrating!

As seen in American Cheerleader Magazine

Related News

Inside Info: 2023 Encore Atlanta Showdown

Inside Info: 2023 Encore Atlanta Showdown

The 2023 Encore Atlanta Showdown is finally upon us and teams are gearing up to take the mat in College Park, Georgia. It’s time for the teams to show off their distinguished skills as they work to earn points for The League by Varsity All Star and bids to the end-of-season championship events. Stay tuned and get ready for a jam-packed weekend!

Nov. 8, 2023

Titanium Force Cheer Takes Home the Most Points To The League At CSG Peoria

Titanium Force Cheer Takes Home the Most Points To The League At CSG Peoria

This weekend at The CSG Peoria Challenge, teams in qualifying divisions could win up to 300 points towards The League by Varsity All Star. The 2023-2024 cheerleading season has begun, and teams from across the United States are already winning points to The League by Varsity All Star. Each weekend, Youth, Junior, and Senior teams competing at Varsity All Star events have the opportunity to take home points.

Nov. 8, 2023

Our Commitment to Safety

Our Commitment to Safety Our commitment to the safety of today’s athletes—who will carry on this tradition—is fundamental to Varsity Spirit’s mission and the future of cheer and dance. Together, we will continue to champion safety and security to best protect the youth who participate in this sport. As a reminder, here are some of […]

Nov. 2, 2023