Tennis is a great way for anybody of any age or workout level to get moving. It’s a sport that does not demand great strength or skill, just an ability to run around. If you can swing a racquet you can play on the court either for fun or professionally.
What to expect during a game of tennis
Tennis burns more calories than other forms of fitness, like leisurely cycling or golfing. It’s both aerobic fitness and anaerobic fitness, as it mixes a cardio workout with short bursts of activity. It will fine-tune your strength, agility, and motor control as you move around the court and work on striking the ball. Any athlete who trains primarily for another sport will find tennis to be a great cross-training workout that is fun as well.
How to prepare for tennis
You do not have to be fit to begin playing tennis. As long as your heart can take a good workout, you should do great. Tennis is a game you can play over your entire life, and you probably should. Players score lower in depression, anger, and anxiety while having elevated levels of vigor and optimism. Practicing your form promotes a good work ethic, while competing against other players helps you to develop discipline and learn how to effectively deal with stress that may arise from the competition, playing conditions, and force you to increase your capacity for frustration.
Muscles You’ll Work Out with Tennis
Tennis is a sport that demands effort from your whole body. Your body also has to work together to move your feet, swing the racquet, and throw in the power to make the ball soar onto the other side of the net. The more you play, the more your body improves its synchronized controlled movements. You also imrpove your flexibility, coordination, and balance which helps to reduce your chance of injury as you play. Tennis can help you lower the risk of heart disease as it reduces stress, blood pressure, cholesterol, and helps you maintain a healthy weight - the average woman who plays an hour of singles tennis burns about 420 calories. Tennis is counted as a weight-bearing activity, because even though you are not strengthening your muscles with weights you are resisting gravity as you move and lifting your body as you move, which also promotes the bone density your body needs after age 30.
Tips for Success in Tennis
Scientists and physicians agree that tennis is one of the healthiest activities that you can take part in. It works with various systems and parts of your body, creating a cohesive workout experience that promotes overall health in a way that few other workouts or sports can. Anyone from children to seniors can begin to play and excel in tennis as a way to work on their bodies as well as their mental health.