You should believe in tennis. After all, why wouldn’t you?
People who participate in tennis just a few hours per week cut their risk of death in half from any cause, according to physician Ralph Paffenbarger who studied more than 10,000 people over a period of 20 years.
If that doesn’t do it for you, think about these five reasons you should start playing today.
- Stress relief – There is just something about being on the court and hitting a ball. Sports like tennis produce endorphins and, for many people, help lower anxiety levels. An hour of tennis could result in better sleep, less stress and, overall, a better day.
- It’s a community – You’ve seen the bumper stickers. You’ve seen people shopping in tennis skirts and shorts at the grocery store. You’ve seen the crowded parking lot at the local tennis club. And when those people get together, there’s nothing like it. Tennis is a community sport and a worldwide sport. Whether you live in Wilmington, Pittsburgh, London or Rome, tennis is tennis, and people forge friendships every day while playing.
- You’re faking your body out – You might know you need to run more or hit the gym a few extra times per week. But that’s tough to do, right? Playing tennis is a disguised way to exercise. An hour of tennis at a moderate rate burns around 500 calories. Playing a hard singles match could burn closer to 750. Much better than an hour on the treadmill, right?
- Compete forever – Tennis is one of the few activities in the world you can play at a high level for an entire lifetime. The USTA has organized leagues, tournaments and programs for players from 5 to 105, and there are opportunities to compete for local and national titles each step of the way.
- Play anywhere – You don’t need a fancy court or a private club membership. There are thousands upon thousands of public courts which can be used free of charge, and if you can’t find one, all you need is a piece of string, a racquet and a ball. These days, families are setting up tennis courts in their driveways, at the beach, in their backyards and even in their kitchens. Have room to hit a ball back and forth? You’ve got a court.
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