The Health Benefits of Tennis
Between the continual running, constant change in direction, stretching to reach a ball, and moving every part of your body, tennis is a great cardio, endurance and strength workout, especially when playing singles.
According to betterhealth.gov, tennis has many health benefits. Some of these benefits include increasing aerobic capacities, lowering resting heart rate and blood pressure, improving metabolic function, increasing bone density, lowering body fat, improving muscle tone, strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and increasing reaction time.
Tennis is a life-time sport that you can be played at almost any age, level, and indoors or out. Tennis helps as a stress reliever by keeping your mind focused and at work. It has been proven to improve critical thinking, mental alertness, and tactical thinking. It regulates serotonin, helping your sleep cycle, appetite and emotional state. It keeps your cholesterol low, and helps fight and prevent diseases such as stroke, hypertension, and cardiovascular issues.
Another benefit of tennis is weight loss. According to the American Dietetic Association, people playing singles recreationally can burn around 600 to 1,320 calories, while people playing more competitively can burn around 768 to 1,728 calories in a two-hour period. Keep in mind, 3,500 calories is equivalent to 1 pound of fat.
Whether it’s been a few weeks, months, years, or you’ve never picked up a tennis racket in your life, now’s the time to try something new, or to just get back into the swing of things.