***5 REASONS WHY TENNIS IS THE PERFECT SPORT FOR STAYING HEALTHY***
#1 - High Intensity Intervals Unlike sports such as running and cycling, tennis involves a massive amount of quick sprints. You cut back and forth across the court, lunging for shots, driving forehands down the baseline, and even sprawling to make backhand saves.
"All my life I'd woken up to tennis, tennis, tennis. Even if I don't go to practice, I'm thinking about it all day." - Serena Williams
#2 - Full Body Workout Sports like cycling and running provide workouts for very specific areas of the body, predominantly in the legs and hips. While it’s crucial to exercise these muscles, tennis provides an intense workout for the entire body.
"Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity." - Billie Jean King
#3 - Fewer Repetitive Movements Some sports are known for injuries due to specific repetitive movements. Baseball pitchers, for example, often encounter shoulder problems due to the stress of throwing a ball 100 times per game. Runners struggle with shin splints, joint pain, and foot issues because of the constant pounding associated with jogging mile after mile.
While tennis certainly does have some repeated movements, such as the serve, it also varies significantly. Rallies involve striking the ball from many different angles, sprinting back and forth, and often lunging. These movements have a cross-training effect, strengthening all the muscles and preventing injuries that come with repetitive movements.
"When you do something best in life, you don't really want to give that up - and for me it's tennis." - Roger Federer
#4 - Flexibility and Coordination Tennis requires an astonishing amount of flexibility and coordination. If you play, you’ll be forced to put your body in positions it isn’t used to, stretching and loosening your muscles.
"I submit that tennis is the most beautiful sport there is and also the most demanding. It requires body control, hand-eye coordination, quickness, flat-out speed, endurance, and that weird mix of caution and abandon we call courage. It also requires smarts. Just one single shot in one exchange in one point of a high-level match is a nightmare of mechanical variables." - David Foster Wallace
#5 - Social Interaction Some sports, by their very nature, can be solitary. Long distance running. Weight lifting. Swimming.
Tennis on the other hand, always requires at least one other person to play. This social interaction creates a community aspect to the game, allowing you to deepen friendships, get a workout, and get some intense competition all at the same time.
Because humans are social creatures, interaction is deeply healthy, both for our mental and emotional well being.
Tennis is a fantastic sport both for the body and the mind.
"What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well." - John McEnroe