Tennis is an all-round physically challenging sport. Playing tennis is a great leisure activity at any age to improve your fitness, take exercise out in the fresh air, and also to meet new people.
It involves a mix of aerobic and anaerobic endurance, explosive strength and power, speed, and agility. The more effort you put in, the more you get out of it, the fitter you will feel and the better you will play. It is a deceptively energetic sport, even for the amateur. and it is surprising how often one feels puffed after a rally, and running back and forth. Your heart rate goes up as the rally continues and the competitive edge takes over – even for the amateurs amongst us!
Playing tennis requires bouts of high-intensity activity, dashing back and forth across the court. It develops the perfect mix of aerobic endurance and anaerobic endurance, but don’t let that put you off as the attraction of the game is that you can enjoy playing it at a range of different levels. Without realising it you will improve your speed and agility around the court and regain, retain or improve your fitness and muscle strength.
The action of sprinting, developing muscles and agility is also an ideal way to help with impact training and counteract the tendency to osteoporosis as one gets older. And even better, you can do it in the fresh air with friends!
Whatever your level of play, you cannot beat a balanced tennis training program to prevent injury and of course to improve!
Take a look through the articles from sportfitnessadvisor.com which address the key principles involved in the complete tennis training approach in an easy to understand way, and look at that all important question “is your tennis racket right for you?”