Tennis elbow, sprains, joint problems…bad words that sully the reputation of your favorite sport! Let’s instead look at 7 reasons why tennis is actually good for your mental and physical health.
1 - Tennis improves coordination The body does a lot during tennis.
The musculoskeletal system (muscles and joints) is very active and works hard as the body is put through its anaerobic paces. The biomechanics of the body involves the use of important joints and muscles, and during tennis all of these work together to improve your coordination, dexterity and agility.
During every point your body moves, hits the ball and then repositions itself, all while still keeping your gaze centered on the ball. This coming and going requires a lot of great coordination.
2 – It’s good for your heart Tennis is a sport of endurance: repeated accelerations and recoveries are quickly followed by new accelerations.
With so much aerobic activity going on, what are the effects on your body? Aerobics, which affects the cardiovascular system (heart and lungs), is very much a part of tennis. If you practice 2 and a half hours a week, you will reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by 50% as your blood pressure decreases.
The famous VO2 max of cross-country runners has competition when it comes to tennis players! Tennis and its intensity considerably increases a person’s V O2max*: from 50 to 55 ml/min/ kg for a tennis player when compared to 40-42 for a sedentary adult.
A real breath of fresh air for your body! * Maximum volume of oxygen that a person can consume per unit of time during a dynamic exercise (pedestrian run).
3 - Intelligence and concentration Sport = physical? It’s not that simple!
While sport generally focuses on physical abilities, it also requires considerable mental acumen, especially in tennis. Closely watching a yellow ball for hours requires concentration at all times. The brain is attentive to each of its movements and must continually analyze new situations and new trajectories.
But in addition to analysis, one must also find a solution for winning each point. This ongoing challenge calls for strong neuronal connections that reinforce your brain.
4 – It promotes calorie burning Like many other sports, tennis allows you to lose calories: between 420 and 600 calories per hour of play, depending on the intensity.
Depending on the weight of the player, calorie loss can be more or less intense (420 cal/H for <55 kg, 620 cal/H for> 85 kg). This effort is equivalent to about an hour of swimming, cycling or running at a moderate pace.
Tennis is good for your body!
5 - Tennis is mental gymnastics Physicality is mentioned most often when talking about sports, and tennis no exception. But mental strength is just as important as physical strength. Tennis, like all sports with direct adversities, has the virtue of forging character and mentally toughening the player.
The sport requires the management of emotions and constant reliance on self-belief. Tennis requires instantaneous reactions and reflected actions, so the synergy between the physical and mental must be strong. One cannot function properly if the other is weak.
Studies have shown that frequent tennis playing helps decrease depression and increase self-confidence.
6 - Tennis also develops patience The longest professional match ever played was in excess of 11 hours. Not all contests are that long, of course, but each and every one requires an extraordinary amount of patience and focus.
Points can be long, and matches even longer. Tennis forces you to deal with time in a constructive and healthy manner. Hitting the ball at the right time in the right position remains the main difficulty of tennis. But the more you play, the more you will recognize the right moment.
Patience is an art...like tennis!
7 – Oxygenate yourself! There is no need to hoist yourself above 2000m to know the importance of oxygenation. Tennis certainly helps with this. Running around for hours after the ball not only helps you blow off steam after a hard day’s work, but strengthens your lungs and helps you breathe better, increasing your energy levels.
So there you are! Now you have plenty of reasons to play lots of tennis. Your body and mind will thank you. The court awaits!
Did you know? Parallel aerobic (lungs and heart) and anaerobic (muscles and joints) exercise is excellent for the body.
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