Fitness

Tennis can be played as a sport or 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 an 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.

Health benefits of tennis

Tennis can be a great workout and lots of fun. Playing 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.

Other benefits of tennis

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 of a similar ability to play with

  • helpful to reduce stress

  • not dependent on youth or strength – you can play for a lifetime or start the game at any age

  • played all over Australia and through many parts of the world.

Avoiding tennis injuries
  • Avoid playing with a pre-existing illness or injury. If in doubt, talk to a doctor.

  • Warm-up your muscles and joints before hitting the court.

  • Maintain an adequate fitness level. Undertake conditioning and training exercise specific to the physical demands of tennis.

  • Occasionally, injuries caused through repetition of strokes can occur in tennis. Correct technique and playing the volume of tennis appropriate to your fitness levels can prevent injury. Make sure you have plenty of fluids on hand and drink regularly.

  • Play at a level according to your age and physical condition..

  • If the court conditions are wet, consider playing indoors or postponing your match, especially if the surface is slippery.

Things to remember
  • Tennis is a good sport for maintaining health, fitness, strength, and agility. It also has social and psychological benefits.

  • You can play with a club or with friends and family as a social activity.

  • Make sure you have plenty of fluids on hand and rehydrate regularly.

  • Don’t overdo it. Mix up your physical activity with other low-impact sports.

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