Tennis: The Sport for a Lifetime

Tennis: The Sport for a Lifetime

Jul 25, 2014

  | By Xavier Luna

Why is tennis so often referred to as “The sport for a lifetime?” Largely because tennis isn’t just a terrific means of exercise and improving your health, but it offers psychological advantages as well. Tennis is also fun to watch and can expand your horizons across the country and around the world.

The sport is very accessible as well. Not only can you find an adequate court at almost any city park in the U.S., but you can also enjoy all of the game’s benefits, no matter your skill level. Let’s take a more detailed look at exactly what makes tennis the sport for a lifetime.

Live longer, live happier and live better
The late Dr. Ralph Paffenbarger, an expert on exercise, stated that people who play at least three hours a week of moderately intense tennis will cut their risk of death from any cause by 50 percent! That’s a big endorsement of the health benefits of the game. Studies also show that tennis players have higher levels of vigor, self-esteem and optimism, and are less likely to experience anger, depression, anxiety and/or confusion.

To develop a sound body
Additional physical benefits of tennis include:
►Improved balance, from all the starts, stops and changes in direction.

►Many health experts believe the game generates new connections between nerves in the brain for a lifetime of cognitive development.

►Competitive tennis is said to burn more calories than other aerobic workout, including cycling.

►The constant movement and pace of tennis is great for cardiovascular health.

►Tennis promotes a strengthened immune system, further promoting a healthier body and a greater ability to fend off disease.

Cultivate a sound mind
There are many psychological benefits associated with tennis, from discipline to strategic thinking, to stress management. For instance, in order to improve your tennis game, you need to have the discipline to play and practice well. 

Additional psychological benefits of tennis include:
Strategic thinking: Players need to consider ball angles, continuously analyze their opponents and their tendencies, figuring out ways to expose their weaknesses and gain an advantage.

►Teamwork: Doubles play depends just as much as you as on whom you choose as a partner, teaching teamwork, communication and working together as a cohesive unit.

Mental toughness: Players need to adapt to varying elements (i.e., the sun, wind, etc.) and learn the ability to help them shake off bad serves, returns and even entire matches.

A global sport that delivers a world of benefits
Aside from the health and psychological benefits, being a tennis fan can mean seeing some exciting action. Take the four Grand Slams, Wimbledon, the French Open, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open. These events demonstrate that tennis is a truly global game.

Most importantly, tennis is fun! That’s arguably the most significant reason why it’s deemed “The sport for a lifetime.” Aren’t you glad tennis is already your sport?


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