Friday, July 22, 2016

Tennis For Fitness

I've started taking tennis lessons! I have been wanting to learn tennis skills for a couple of years but have always found a reason to say I was too busy to add in another activity. Finally I bought a tennis outfit. That motivated me to sign up!

The best active sports are the ones that you can enjoy your entire life. According to a meta-analysis published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine, tennis is a good fitness fit for almost anyone because of its wide range of health benefits across the age spectrum. Perhaps most interesting were the conclusions reached based on a study of more than 1,000 students in medical school between 1948 and 1964. At the start, the students were asked to rate their ability in tennis, golf, football, baseball and basketball. Researchers assessed these students again 22 years later and then again 40 years later and found that tennis was the only sport in which a greater ability during medical school was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers credit this benefit to the fact that tennis was the sport played most often through midlife.

Playing tennis regularly can:

Boost your heart and lung function
Exercise-related oxygen use and capacity diminish with advancing age, but tennis appears to decrease the rate of this age-related decline. Even moderate-intensity tennis players 30 to 74 showed better overall lung function. Tennis players also proved metabolically more fit, with improved lipid metabolism and lower incidence of hyperlipidemia (the single most meaningful predictor of coronary heart disease). Tennis players older than 55 sported significantly better blood-cholesterol profiles.

Rev up fat-burning
Exercise performance physician Massimo Testa lists tennis as a good choice for moderate aerobic exercise, but his new research takes it up a notch. It notes that singles tennis can provide a vigorous workout, and ranks it among the top five activities in terms of energy expenditure — higher than swimming, rowing, weightlifting, Jazzercise, hiking or golf. 

Strengthen your bones.
In study after study, tennis was found to bolster bone strength in both genders and in all ages. Those who started playing at a young age showed a stronger correlation than those who started at an older age, but healthier bones were maintained even after players decreased their participation.

Streamline coordination
In an analysis of the impact of aging on coordination using tennis players and non-players 20 to 80, non-players showed an increasing decline in their ability to respond with advancing age, while tennis players showed no decline in response at different ages. Researchers cited evidence that in honing focus, tennis outperforms golf, running, weight lifting, inline skating and downhill skiing.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and 
Play Tennis

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your informative article. We can boost our heart beat and lung function, strengthen our bones etc... by playing tennis.