In today’s westernized world, people struggle to find the time and energy for exercising. Let’s face it, exercise is a drag. Getting dressed, a quick snack, the drive to the gym. Walking through the front door having to talk to every second person. When you get on the treadmill, you’re already exhausted, and that’s just the beginning. It is the most boring part of your day. Staring at the meaningless digits on the screen, going nowhere, listening to terrible music. How can one be expected to do this just to be healthy? But, what if exercise was fun, beneficial to your health, allowed you to meet people and grow as a person? The only answer to this is tennis. Yes, T-E-N-N-I-S! Tennis is the best sport for all people to play, no matter age, gender, level, fitness. It has great, varying health and physical benefits, provides mental and emotional training and has many opportunities for people. The health benefits associated with playing tennis are endless, making it the ideal sport to maintain fitness and reduce health issues.
Firstly, tennis greatly improves your aerobic capacity, constantly running to chase balls down, recovering the center and having to endure the whole session. Anaerobic fitness is also developed through short bursts of movement followed by a rest which aids muscles in the efficient use of oxygen. Bone strength and density is also improved, along with overall conditioning. This helps to prevent osteoporosis and build a stronger immune system. According to a study of 20,000 people over the duration of 10 years, the USTA (United states Tennis Association) concluded that tennis players who participated in tennis for 3 hours a week, cut their risk of death from health issues by 50%.
Along with these long term benefits, tennis will instantly improve one’s flexibility, agility and hand-eye coordination. As well as being great for your health, tennis has unmatched psychological benefits that can only be obtained through playing. Regular and consistent training builds a good work ethic and discipline by reinforcing the value of hard work. Playing matches provides you with the opportunity to manage mistakes, teaching you that minimizing mistakes in life is important. Accepting responsibility goes hand in hand with mistake management.
Out on the court, only you can prepare adequately for competition and your results directly reflect your discipline and work ethic. Last of all, and arguably the most important, tennis teaches you connect with others in all environments and have fun while playing. It increase’s your enthusiasm, optimism and self-confidence. According to Dr Joan Fin of the Southern Connecticut State University, tennis player’s “scored higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes and non-athletes”.
The opportunities with tennis are endless. Everyone’s tennis journey begins at different times and stages of their life. Some, at the tender age of four or five years old, others later into their adulthood. However, no matter how long you have been involved in tennis, there are opportunities and avenues for you to take to further your enjoyment, involvement with tennis and personal satisfaction. Participants have to option to play socially, a few times a week with friends to stay fit and healthy and connect with others. They can play competitively around their local region which provides them with a goal to work towards in furthering their tennis ability.
This provides them with a stepping stone to national and international level tennis and playing tennis professionally. Playing professional tennis is an exciting prospect, being able to travel the world while pursuing your dreams. Coaching is also an option for players who can use their knowledge and skills to develop their players. Tennis is unlike any other sport. The opportunities do not cease for age, gender or skill level In conclusion, play tennis! As aforementioned, it increases your health and wellbeing by working various parts of your body, provides mental and emotional growth and has many opportunities to pursue. The most important thing that it provides however is great enjoyment. So pick up a racquet and go for a hit. You won’t regret it.