Happy New Year from your tennis bloggers!
With the New Year comes the promise of exciting matches in the tennis world, like the first of the four grand-slam tournaments of the year: the Australian Open. This is a MUST-SEE for all tennis enthusiasts. It will be starting on January 15 and ending on January 28. I think it’s safe to say that we are eager to see how the year will begin.
Whether you’re a New-Year’s-Resolutions kind of person or not, my goal today is to persuade you that tennis is a fantastic sport to begin (if you haven’t already). We really liked an article by Dakota Murphey and the Wickwoods Country Club on the My Protein site about the health benefits of playing tennis, so let me sum-up the good stuff.
Well, first let me state the obvious: tennis is a full-out, full-body workout. It hits every muscle in your body because of the unique way it is played. You have to run, swing, jump, pivot… and especially in a good game, you will burn a ton of calories and (wait for it) burn fat. Tennis is a pretty fast-paced game where you are constantly moving.
It also is what is called an aerobic as well as anaerobic exercise, where it gets your heart pumping and requires high oxygen intake, but it also requires short bursts of energy. Getting the blood moving means a healthy heart, too, and sports like tennis actually keep your bones good and strong.
The more you play tennis, the more you develop an improved sense of balance, coordination, and flexibility. This, of course, comes with regular playing time (don’t forget to stretch/warm-up)!
Okay, My Protein added a benefit I hadn’t really thought of… it enhances brain power. Huh? Well, like any sport, an element of strategizing is required, and tennis is definitely not an exception to this. You have to be able to think quickly to know where to move and where to hit the ball.
Maybe you’ve been hearing people say you need discipline in your life… The more you play tennis, the more you’ll want to play regularly; and the more you play regularly, the more disciplined you’ll become. And as a bonus: tennis is a sport that will get the adrenaline and endorphins moving, which will make you feel great.
If this doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will: tennis is the game of kings. Tennis is a game that has been around for literally centuries. The first recorded version of tennis is from the 12th-13th centuries among royalty in France. That is much older than games like basketball or American football. Besides, how cool is it that the tennis season never ends? It’s all year: you can watch tennis almost any time you want!
Well, I hope you have learned or been reminded of something interesting about tennis. Maybe you’ve been playing for years and this article is more of a pat on the back for your hard work. Well, let me applaud you for choosing such a good sport to invest in. If you’ve been on the fence about joining the tennis world, I hope I’ve been able to swing you over… even if just a little.
Any other tennis benefits coming to mind? What are your thoughts going into the AO? Let us know in the comment section below.
Here’s the My Protein article:
And for the history buffs, if you would like to brush up on your tennis history: