Tennis is a challenging game. Yet, it provides exercise benefits to everyone from the beginner to the professional. Families can participate in a casual game of tennis to improve their overall health. Playing tennis on a regular basis has physical, mental and emotional benefits.
Heart disease is the number one killing disease among men and women. Participating in tennis at least three hours a week cuts the risk of heart disease in half-lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
There are weight loss benefits as well. Women can burn an average of 330-420 calories while men can burn up to 425-600 calories during an hour of tennis. Children and teens develop a healthy weight and body image.
All of the major muscles in the upper body are used: biceps; triceps; shoulder; pectorals and deltoids. These muscles are strengthened when serving the ball and using the backhand, forehand and overhead stroke. The lower body muscles are improved during running, standing, serving and returning the ball: calves; legs; quads; hamstrings and hip muscles. The core muscles such as the abs and glutes are strengthened-reducing unwanted “love handles.”
Tennis help children excel in school. The sport teaches lessons in math and science. Being able to count is crucial to keeping an accurate score. Geometry comes into play when considering the angles of the ball and position of the player. Physics involves the ball’s speed, power and the gravity that causes the ball to fall back to the court.
Families gain emotional benefits from playing tennis. Children learn how to be a team player and to respect other players. Regardless of skill levels, families can support and encourage each other. As a result, children’s self-confidence is increased.
Overall, tennis provides families with endless health benefits. Get fit and stay well!