Tennis can be played as doubles or singles, but either way you have to play with another person. Being able to socialize with opponents and partners is a huge benefit of the game! You are also around others who share similar interests and goals, which is very physiologically rewarding.
THE PHYSICAL BENEFITS OF PLAYING TENNIS MIGHT JUST HELP YOU LIVE LONGER, A NEW STUDY SHOWS
STUDIES HAVE SHOWN FROM THE MAYO CLINIC THAT TENNIS IS THE BEST PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO INCREASE YOUR LIFESPAN BY NEARLY A DECADE!
Tennis is a great cardio workout, especially if you’re playing singles. You’re constantly running, pivoting, stretching, and moving every inch of your body.
According to the American Dietetic Association, recreational players can burn an estimated 600 to 1,320 calories per two-hour singles sessions while competitive players can burn between 768 to 1,728 calories.
Note: To lose 1 pound of fat you must burn 3,500 calories
We all have stresses in our lives—but tennis is a wonderful way to help combat that stress! The problem with simply going for a run or jumping on an elliptical is you still have the ability to let your mind race, “What am I going to make for dinner? How many calories am I burning? I still have so much to do before the end of the week, I have a huge deadline at work.” The list goes on.
When you play tennis, your mind is forced to focus of the task at hand instead of focusing on your stresses and endless to-do lists. Think of it as a little vacation for your brain!
TENNIS IS A LIFETIME SPORT
Unlike most sports, tennis can be played at any age. You don’t see many 60, 70, or even 80-year-olds playing tackle football or running up and down a soccer field. But many retirees still play and enjoy the game of tennis.
It is a game that can be played easily with friends and friends of all ages and all fitness levels!
IMPROVED AGILITY, FLEXIBILITY & BALANCE
Have you ever watched tennis on TV and the players are constantly stretching and reaching to keep a ball in play? Tennis is a sport where you are constantly moving, changing direction and stretching your body. By playing tennis on a regular basis, you will also notice an improvement in agility and flexibility.
Note: Make sure you stretch well before and after your matches!