Tennis Curious? Consider These 6 Benefits
19 January 2023 • By - Playfinder
When names like Djokovic, Swiatek, Medvedev, and Jabeur start surfacing early in the year it can only mean one thing – The Australian Open is here. As the first of the famous four tournaments (followed by Wimbledon, the French Open, and the US Open later in the year) the Australian Open signals the start of the tennis season, so why not start yours too? If the action on the telly is not enough to get you out on the court yet, consider the following benefits, and then join us!
1. Exercise that is actually fun
Sport England recently announced that 1 in 4 people in England do less than 30min of physical activity a week. This makes finding new (and rediscovering old) fun ways to stay active more important than ever. Tennis ticks this box as a super fun way to get some exercise without being bored out of your mind – no one likes those elliptical machines at the gym! Play singles, doubles, or practicing serves by yourself. There are plenty of ways for you to work up a sweat out on the court.
2. It’s great for your mental health
When you play tennis, you are constantly aware of the court’s boundaries, while also keeping track of time and score. This keeps your mind focused on what’s happening in the present moment, as well as keeping the mind sharp and healthy. In addition to being a great way to beat stress, tennis can also help you improve your memory by keeping track of different shots or strategies used during gameplay.
3. Just what the doctor ordered
What better way to complete the 150 minutes of moderate intensity (or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity) active minutes per week recommended by health organisations, than with one or two weekly sessions on the court. The list of physiological benefits of playing a quick match of tennis is impressively long. In short, It’s good for your heart, lungs, muscles and bones. While also improving your flexibility, coordination and balance as well. All important components of being healthy!
4. Tennis is social
One of the great things about tennis is how social it is. You play with friends, family and colleagues, while there are also many opportunities to meet new people through tennis.You could play in a tournament against other players from your area, or you could go out for a game of doubles with the friendly couple or new recruits at work who want to take up a new hobby. There’s no reason not to get out there and make some new friends!
5. Age is really just a number
Tennis can be played by people of all ages, you don’t have to be young and fit to benefit from playing the game. Even if you are older or less fit than your opponent it doesn’t matter because tennis is one of those sports where you can still enjoy it and reap the health benefits without being a dedicated tennis junkie!
6. Feel the burn, reap the benefits
Tennis is a great way to increase muscle tone and lose weight. Although getting active isn’t always about losing weight, if you are tracking your movement you could burn up to 300 calories per hour while playing and it’s a great aerobic sport. So, if you’re looking for an effective activity to add to your roster this year, then it’s time to hit the court!
Ultimately, If you’re looking for a great workout with physiological and mental health benefits, tennis is the sport for you. The game can be played at any age and there are many ways to play it. It’s great for families or friends or to do together – it’s perfect for anyone who wants to be active!
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