Don’t have Nadal’s biceps or Federer’s eye? No matter ! You too have the right to let off steam on the tennis courts. Here are 10 good reasons to get started and start hitting the ball.
1. A perfect sport to work on your cardio…
Tennis is a great way to exercise. If you are looking to improve your physical form, tennis is an excellent option, especially on the cardiovascular level. As long as you go easy…
By playing regularly and gradually, you work on your endurance qualities and improve your breathing capacities. A real plus whatever your age. And, best of all, it’s a lot more fun than going to the gym!
2. … and to strengthen your legs, pecs and abs
An ultra-complete sport, tennis allows you to alternate quick runs and replacements: the legs build muscle quickly, especially if you exercise on clay, a surface conducive to exchanges. A tip all the same: remember to stretch after half an hour of play if you want to avoid cramps!
Holding the racquet on serve and during the rally puts strain on the abs and pectorals… If your abs are too soft, it may be time for a little overhaul.
3. Tennis also improves your reflexes
Tennis is a fast sport that requires quick thinking and reflexes: you will only have a few seconds to position yourself well and hit the ball. By practicing regularly and developing your skills, your reflexes will improve.
Plus, you’ll notice a difference in your hand-eye coordination and overall body coordination.
4. It’s also a mental workout
Tennis isn’t just good for your body, it’s also good for your mind. The quick thinking required to play tennis can be beneficial in other areas of your life.
Like other sports, it can help you improve your concentrationyour ability to solve problems and make decisions.
5. Tennis is a great stress reliever
Along the same lines, hitting a tennis ball can be very satisfying, especially when you land a nice forehand. And we all know how good it feels to let off steam after a long day at work.
In short, tennis is a great way to release stress and forget your worries for a while.
6. Make new friends (or enemies)
Tennis is a social sport. Playing with or against other people, singles or doubles, can be a great way to make new friends. You can join a club, take group lessons or play more freely with your friends.
Many cities allow access (free or not) to tennis courts, find out!
7. There is no age to play!
Tennis is a sport that you can play all your life. There are tournaments for all ages, from juniors to seniors. You can also play doubles with friends or family members of all ages.
8. One of the first inclusive sports
It’s a fashionable term at the moment, but it must be recognized that tennis is a sport for everyone, regardless of age, gender or physical ability.
Whether you’re young or old, male or female, able-bodied or wheelchair-bound, tennis is a great way to be active and have fun. And remember that tennis is one of the first sports to have allowed the organization of mixed competitions, from the 1920s.
9. No risk of injury (or almost)
Stop misconceptions, gentlemen! Tennis is a relatively low impact sport, which means it’s gentle on joints and muscles.
As long as you warm up properly and take a few breaks, you can play for hours without putting your body at risk. Take a few precautions all the same: clay is less restrictive for the body; therefore prefer red brick if you suffer from joint problems. Likewise, don’t skimp on the quality of sports shoes… or you’re guaranteed a blister and a sprain.
And then, don’t take yourself for Nadal or Djokovic right away because that’s when you might regret it!
10. It’s a great way to travel
Well, OK, this last reason is a bit capillotracted… But after all, tennis is a sport practiced all over the world. If you love to travel, this is the perfect excuse to explore new countries as part of a tournament.
Know that if the summit of this sport is hard to reach, it is just as easy to leave the abyss. A match won in the year and you are ranked! What make you wait at work if the promised promotion is long overdue.
So what are you waiting for? Grab a racquet and hit the courts!