By Health Shield | Posted 30th June 2017 | Employee Blogs
Tennis season is officially upon us as Wimbledon starts today. So take out your strawberries and cream and get ready for the grunts and celebrations.
A game of tennis can go on for hours, so ensuring fitness levels are high is a must. Do you know the health benefits of playing tennis on a regular basis?
Playing tennis is a lost sport often left in the shadows of other sports like running, swimming and cycling. In fact, it is incredibly good for you and has the same effects as jogging or a spin class.
Health Shield statistics show there are more than 9 million people in the UK that are members of the gym, whereas for tennis, statistics suggest just 7% of the population play just once a year. Health Shield takes a look at why you should be playing tennis more and why it’s good for your health and wellbeing at home and in the workplace.
- Reduce stress – Tennis is a fantastic stress reliever. The physical, mental and emotional stress of playing tennis will help you with your ability to deal with stress in other areas of life and work.
- Lose body fat – Playing tennis helps you get leaner, fitter and stronger. Tennis can burn more calories than other physical sports including cycling, weight lifting or dancing. Playing in a single game can burn between 400-600 calories an hour. This in turn helps to increase your aerobic fitness.
- Boost your immune system – The effects of tennis on the health of the whole body includes a more powerful immune system due to the conditioning effects that can help your resistance to diseases.
- Improve your decision making abilities – Tennis forces new connections with the brain that improve your intellect and ability to make decisions. It also helps with abilities to make strategies and implement them successfully. The growth of your mind helps you to think outside the box.
- Tennis lowers your levels of depression and boosts your self-esteem – You’ll become more optimistic, less anxious and better able to control any feelings of anger.
- Your anaerobic fitness levels will also increase thanks to the bursts of activity throughout the game, whilst your hand eye co-ordination will also benefit from the constant judging of the oncoming ball.
- You can improve your teamwork during a doubles game – You will need to communicate effectively and work as a unit which will ultimately influence how you work with others in the workplace.
- Get a full body workout – We know it’s good for losing body fat and improves your aerobic and anaerobic levels, but you work your whole body playing just one game of tennis. Your lower body supports you during all the running, bursts of activity, crouching, jumping etc. And your shoulders, back and arms are worked with the power of your shot.
- Your brain power will increase – During a game of tennis your brain is required to be creative. You need to plan, be tactical, agile and coordinate all areas of your body. Therefore, the more you play the more your neural connections will improve. This can improve brain function that help with memory, your ability to learn, social skills and behaviour.
Did you know there are over 230,000 bottles of water used during Wimbledon, 320,000 glasses of Pimms and 86,000 ice creams?
Tennis is a great sport to just have fun with too, so with all these benefits that can help you with improving your health and wellbeing this summer, maybe it’s time to take up a new sport.
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