Great reasons to play tennis this summer
Summer is in full swing, and that can only mean one thing, the tennis season is well and truly open! If you haven’t tried tennis as a way of keeping fit yet, you’re really missing a trick. Here are five reasons you should try your hand at this fantastic sport.
Tennis is mentally challenging
If you’re one of those people who get bored very quickly on the treadmill, then tennis could well be the answer to your problem. The great thing about this sport is that it forces you to focus on the tactics of the game, and your technique, rather than how many calories you’re burning.
You’ll be too preoccupied with improving your balance, hand-eye coordination and motor skills to look at your watch. This means that you’ll be toning up and getting fit without even realising it!
Tennis reduces stress
What better way to get rid of the pent up stress from your desk job than by belting a ball with your racket as hard as you can? Tennis provides a brilliant outlet for stress, not just physically but also mentally. It’s a fast-paced game that can really take your mind off everything and force you to stay present in the moment. People who play sports like tennis have been found to have lower blood pressure, and lower stress levels than people who live sedentary lifestyles.
Tennis improves your social life
We’re willing to bet on tennis being the next thing to transform your social calendar! Tennis is a fantastic way to meet people and build a new circle of friends. Simply join your local tennis club and start playing regular matches. Once you become “au fait” with the rules, you can go to tennis events like Wimbledon, or just invite your tennis buddies over to watch a match on TV. It opens a whole host of new social opportunities.
Tennis provides a cardiovascular workout
It might not transform you into tennis world No.1 Novak Djokovic, who, when this article was produced, generally has odds of 5/4 to win the US Open, but one thing it is guaranteed to do is keep you on your toes. Since a single tennis match can last for an hour or two, you’ll be packing in enough running, jumping and stretching to give your heart an excellent workout. In that time, experts have estimated that you can run between three and five miles in total. One game of tennis just three times a week is enough to maintain your cardiovascular health, reduce your risk of stroke, and increase your metabolism.
Tennis is great for toning up
Tennis provides a full body workout. It involves a wide range of movements and muscle groups and forces you to jump, crouch, run, leap and sprint. The result of all that aerobic movement is that your body gets lovely and toned. In particular, tennis is fantastic for toning up your legs, strengthening your back and toning your forearms.
Tennis makes you more flexible and agile
With the wide range of movement that tennis involves, one great after affect is that your muscles become more flexible and supple. You’ll feel lighter on your feet and you will be less likely to experience sports injuries or pain as a result.
Tennis burns calories
It’s estimated that one hour of singles tennis can burn up to 600 calories in women. So if you’re looking for a more exciting way to shed excess pounds, tennis is the game for you. Yes, you will sweat, and be a red hot mess afterwards, but it will be worth it!
Tennis gets you outdoors
Rather than being in a stuffy gym, breathing in recycled air (and probably inhaling the pungent scent of other people’s sweat), tennis forces you outside into the fresh air, where you can breathe more easily and get some vital vitamin D enriched sunshine. You feel healthier just thinking about it, don’t you?
So, what are you waiting for? Get your racket and hit the tennis court today!