Health benefits of tennis
Tennis is a good sport for maintaining health and fitness. It is also a game that people can play throughout their lifetime and is an ideal social activity. Tennis can be played as both a sport and as a recreational activity with friends and family. Either way, playing tennis is a good sport to maintain your health, fitness, strength and agility. It has been calculated that a good hour-long game of singles tennis burns around 600 calories for men and 420 calories for women. In addition to the fitness and physical health benefits, tennis also provides numerous social and mental health benefits as well.
Tennis can be a great workout and lots of fun. Tennis has many health benefits including:
- Increasing aerobic capacities
- Lowering resting heart rate and blood pressure
- Improving metabolic function
- Increasing bone density
- Lowering body fat
- Improving muscle tone, strength and flexibility
- Increasing reaction times.
As well as being a great physical workout, tennis is also:
- A non-impact sport
- A great way to meet people and spend time with friends
- Suitable for all ages and skill levels. Whatever your level, you can find someone with a similar ability to play with
- Helpful to reduce stress
- Not dependent on youth or strength Ė you can play for a lifetime or start the game at any age
- Played all over Australia and through many parts of the world.
- Avoid playing with a pre-existing illness or injury. If in doubt, talk to a medical practitioner.
- Warm up your muscles and joints before hitting the court.
- Maintain an adequate fitness level. Undertake conditioning and training exercises specific to the physical demands of tennis.
- Avoid over-repetition of any one type of shot. Practise a range of strokes including ground strokes, serves, return of serves, overhead smashes and volleys.
- Ensure you have plenty of fluids on hand and drink regularly.
- Depending on your age and condition, donít overdo it.
Information from Better Health Channel