Tennis and Your Body

Head

We all know that working up a sweat relieves tension, but tennis sharpens the mind as it shapes the body. Every time a ball is hit, you must react and respond quickly, and if you’re going to be successful, you must also map out a strategy for every opponent. This helps keep your brain agile and young.

Heart

Interval training is a great way to improve heart function, and tennis trains the heart in an interval fashion. You work at a higher level as you run around the court then recover at a lower intensity during the 20 to 30 seconds between points. This is the exercise routine often used on treadmills, ellipticals, etc.—and a lot more fun.

Flexibility

Tennis forces you to fully stretch dozens of muscles all over your body, including a few you probably didn’t know you had.

Arms

You may not end up with chiseled pipes like Serena Williams or Carlos Moya, but swinging an 11-ounce racquet will help tone your biceps, triceps, shoulders, and forearms.

Abs

Core strength is the hot workout topic these days, but tennis players have always had it. That’s because the core, or trunk, which includes your abs and lower back muscles, is the part of your body that does the hard work when you hit a tennis ball. It not only keeps you balanced as you run, it provides the power in your strokes, along with your legs and upper body.

Legs

Have you heard of “fast-twitch” muscle fibers? They’re the ones that react first when you move, getting you off the ground faster and powering your first step. And they get a full workout, from calves to quadriceps when you play tennis.

For more on on a Stronger Mind and Body, click here.