If you’re thinking about taking up a sport which will work your muscles, cardiovascular system, and your brain then you really need to think about tennis! Tennis is a great way to keep, or get, yourself fit, and even socialize with your friends! You can even enjoy the sport while enjoying a vacation at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa at the outdoor play and fitness center.
Here are our top reasons to consider taking up tennis:
It Helps Protect Your Heart
A tennis match can last anywhere between one and two hours, and will increase your heart rate as well as boosting your energy levels. If you play regularly you will soon see your cardiovascular health improve, thereby protecting you from strokes, heart attacks, and heart disease.
It Works Your Entire Body
Tennis is a unique mix of quick sprints, crouching, swinging, and jumping which works your legs, arms, core, back, shoulders, and your cardiovascular system. When you play tennis regularly you will find that your muscles, heart, and lungs get fitter and stronger.
It Burns Calories and Fat, and Improves Endurance
Tennis is a challenging, whole body sport, but it’s also a sport which works on an interval basis. Each game can see participants moving 3 to 5 miles across the court in up to 500 quick bursts of energy which push the muscles and cardiovascular system in intervals of effort and rest. The result is a 400 to 600 per hour calorie burn, and fat burning which outlasts the activity itself. Your endurance and strength will improve, certainly, but you’ll also notice a difference to your waistline!
It Increases Aerobic and Anaerobic Health
When you play tennis your oxygen intake increases, and your heart rate raises, and the level of oxygen carried into your muscles also goes up. The increased blood supply to your muscles will enable them to work harder for longer. Playing tennis repeatedly will let your muscles utilise oxygen more efficiently in order to give you the strength for repeated bursts of energy.
It Improves Balance, Coordination and Flexibility
In order to be a good tennis player you must have balance, coordination, and flexibility… fortunately enough, because practice makes perfect, playing tennis will help you to cultivate all of these things.
It Puts You in a Good Mood
Physical exercise helps to rid your body of the stress hormone cortisol, and can alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and can even ease frustration. There’s little that will lift your mood like a game of tennis in the fresh air!
It Challenges Your Brain
This isn’t just a game of physical prowess; tennis is as much a game of strategy as anything else. In order to best your opponent you must plan ahead and think on your feet, and this can actually help your brain to form stronger neural connections. “Thinking” games like tennis can improve your memory, social skills, and behaviour!