Let’s Get Active

Happy Monday, babes!

I hope all of you had as great of a weekend as I did. We spent a lot of time with our friends in the backyard grilling on the barbecue pit and enjoying the fantastic weather. I got a bit of a sunburn but that’s okay. I need a little color in my life. I have really enjoyed being outside lately to enjoy the sun, relax, and even get active with a sport or activity.

I have never been very good at tennis, but it is something I want to try this Summer which is why I’m excited to tell you about the benefits of the sport of tennis. There are so many benefits to the sport of tennis including physical and mental health and stability.

Whether you prefer playing singles, doubles, or against a wall in your backyard, tennis is a fantastic fitness activity that will help you stay in shape. So regardless if you are 14 or 40-years-old, the sport is an effective way to develop and maintain your cardiovascular and muscular system even as you age. Furthermore, there is the game’s mental aspect, which combined with the comfort of playing outdoors allows participants to truly enjoy the best of both worlds.

In the past, I have told told you guys about 5 tips to becoming healthier. That post mainly concentrated on meals and snacks that help you stay in good physical and mental shape. This time, I want to focus on a specific activity that will not only improve your bodily functions, but also better your mind in ways you least expect.

On paper, tennis is not your typical weight-loss program, as it is a start-stop kind of full body workout. That is why compared to more traditional fitness activities such as swimming, cycling, and running, its health advantages are often lost in the big picture. However, by looking at it from a human kinetics standpoint, you can see that the sport works the upper and lower body muscles with all the powerful shots, as well as the quick side-to-side and front-to-back movements.

Since tennis greatly enhances aerobic and anaerobic health, it opens the door for you to burn more calories and fat. Kim Selzman writes that the sport”can help you burn anywhere from 359 to 480 calories per hour during a singles match, and 250 to 300 calories per hour during a doubles match. In addition, it promotes bone and heart health, and increases balance, flexibility, and coordination.”

Contrary to popular belief, tennis boosts brain function, too! It requires players to be more creative when it comes to shot making and shot placement, basically all the tactical factors of the sport. You will also enrich your interpersonal skill and discipline, due to the abilities needed to be good at the game it takes time, patience, and dedication. Play Your Court even suggests it has a deeper impact on adults as, “tennis can function as a social outlet, a form of exercise, and a competitive hobby all at once.”

The beauty of tennis is that despite its sort of exclusivity and difficulty, it really is an all-encompassing sport, a total body workout, and a definite networking activity all rolled into one. To a certain degree, it doesn’t matter if you prefer playing a casual game during the weekend or choose to train competitively, look to lose weight or just as a medium to exercise outdoors; the sport has its own way of fitting your fitness needs. That’s why William Skidesky feels tennis is the best sport in the world, bar none.

With that being said, I am looking forward to giving tennis a solid go and hope that my body loves it as much mentally as it will physically.

Are you looking to try anything new or specific this summer? Let me know in the comments below!


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