We have played tennis ever since we were little kids. Mum always told us it was a great social game to play with friends and family (as well as good exercise). We, of course, enjoy the more social side to it but like the idea of while we’re playing we are getting in a good workout without even realising. If you play a full, one-hour long game of tennis it is estimated you will burn around 600 calories for men and 420 calories for women. That’s pretty good for a bit of fun.
As well as being a great cardio workout (especially if you are playing singles), you are also improving your muscle tone, strength and flexibility, increasing your reaction times, lowering your resting heart rate and blood pressure and improving metabolic function. Those are just the health benefits.
The other things we love about tennis is the fact no matter how old you are, you can play. Down at our local courts there are always families playing with young kids, people our age, people our parents age and people our grandparents age. It is a lifelong sport with no restrictions. And the fact that it is sociable means a drink after a game is always in the mix.
If you haven’t’ played tennis for a while make sure you get out there and give it another go. If you’ve never played before, it’s never too late to try!