Wimbledon is here and if you’re looking at trying a new sport for the summer then tennis is a great way of keeping fit whilst engaging nearly every muscle in the body.
The power behind every shot in tennis is generated through a kinetic chain. When your feet push against the court to run, energy is created and stored in the first link of the chain, your feet. The energy is then transferred in sequence to the major muscles in the remaining links – your lower legs, upper legs, hips, core, shoulders, upper arms, forearms and finally the last link, your hand. This is why tennis is such a great workout.
Tennis is a great activity to maintain health, fitness, strength and agility. It has been calculated that an hour-long game of singles tennis burns around 600 calories for men and 420 calories for women, allowing you to get a complete workout whilst enjoying spending time with friends and family.
In addition to the fitness and physical health benefits, tennis also provides numerous social and mental health benefits as well.
Health benefits of tennis
Tennis can be a great workout and is lots of fun. Health benefits include:
- increasing aerobic capacities
- lowering resting heart rate and blood pressure
- improving metabolic function
- increasing bone density
- lowering body fat
- improving muscle tone, strength and flexibility
- increasing reaction times.
Other benefits of tennis
As well as being a great physical workout, tennis is also:
- a non-contact sport meaning there is less chance of impact injuries
- a great way to meet people and spend time with friends and family members
- suitable for all ages and skill levels. Whatever your level, you can always find someone of a similar ability to play with
- helpful to reduce stress through serotonin and endorphin release
However, the best part of tennis is that it is not dependent on youth or strength – you can play for a lifetime and start the game at any age. As long as you stay hydrated and take regular breaks throughout you can improve your health and well-being as well as your fitness levels.
Why not come down to Adrenaline to try out indoor tennis every Thursday 9 - 12pm?