Top 5 Health Benefits of Tennis
Posted 12 months ago by Zoe Williams
When you’re playing a game of tennis, your anaerobic energy system gets a serious workout. This sport is high intensity, as it’s consistently start-and-stop, throughout the match. Depending on the court’s surface (clay, hard, grass…), tennis can affect your body dramatically. It’s a great way to burn calories, but be aware of the positives and negatives of any high intensity sport.
Heart and Lungs
Really, you can shape a game of tennis around your needs; building on stamina or short bursts of energy. During an intense match, you can reach your maximum heart rate and then recover again, during a pause. Playing a game of doubles, with less physically fit individuals, still has great benefits; it just means you won’t reach quite the same calorie-flaming intensity. Regardless of your approach, your heart and lung capacity will grow with time and your fitness, cardio, and stamina will all increase.
Exercising three times a week can significantly lower your chances of heart disease, cardiac arrest, or stroke, by lowering your blood pressure.
Muscles and Bones
You use a lot of muscles during a tennis match, so you can be sure you’re toning all the way through your body. Tennis boosts your phasic fibres (fast-twitch to you and us). Your muscular endurance will substantially increase, while pounding the hard court.
Your bone density will also benefit from the high impact, which reduces your risk of osteoporosis. It’s important to stretch after a match, as tennis (like many activities) can shorten your muscles.
Joints, Ligaments, and Tendons
Unfortunately, (similar to running) during a tennis match, you run the risk of putting a lot of stress on your joints, as it’s a high-impact activity. You may find that you feel soreness in your knees and elbows. Repetitive stress injuries, from repeated movements, can also severely damage your body. Usually, the worst affected areas are the knees, shoulders, elbows, and wrists.
Beware the tennis elbow!
Often, people take up a new sport to get fit and lose a little weight. The good news is, due to the high intensity of tennis, you’ll starting shedding pounds. If you want to up your calorie-burning, play singles games; not doubles. An hour of this, and a 160lb person should flame 584 calories!
Even after you’ve finished the match, tennis will keep torching calories. Especially if you do your best and give it your all!
Exercise is a wonderful way to alleviate the symptoms of depression. Tennis increases positive mood-enhancers in the brain, decreases stress, and reduces feelings of fatigue. Not only will tennis change your body, but it’ll help you feel less lethargic on a day-to-day basis and improve your outlook. Alongside losing a little weight, this mood booster can really change how you see your life and make problems more manageable. The social aspect of tennis also gives you that extra interaction with another person, which can be uplifting.
Will you be playing tennis this summer? Let us know in the comments!
*Post contributed by specialist surface manufacturers, http://www.playrite.co.uk.
Broke & Fit: Motivational Quotes From Our Favorite Fitness Blogger, Sharee Hansen
Posted 1 year ago by Amanda Raye
Sharee Hansen is the voice behind Funeral For My Fat, a highly motivational fitness blog. Over the course of five years, Sharee lost over 100 pounds on diet and exercise alone!
She’s currently a graduate student as well as a fitness instructor at her university. According to Sharee:
Surprisingly , I have really high numbers in my classes. This whole shouting thing…people like it!
Below are her favorite quotes to shout out during her fitness classes to get people motivated:
- Summer bodies are created in the Winter!
- Get fit or get out!
- You can’t fake fitness!
- You either want it or you don’t. There’s no middle.
- Unless you puke, faint or die…keep working!
- Hot bodies don’t grow on trees!
- I know it’s hard, it’s supposed to be hard, it means it’s working!
- When you feel like quiting….that’s when it mattes the most!
- Your workout doesn’t start until you want to give up!
- It’s okay to hate it, it’s okay to want to give up…but don’t. You need this!
- This is not about easy, it’s about working hard!
- It’s only quitting if you walk out that door….
So the next time you’re having a lazy day and don’t want to work out, read these quotes and then check out her blog! We promise, you’ll perk up and put those running shoes on!
Spa Week Giveaway *Last Chance*
Posted 2 years ago by Amanda Raye
It’s almost February! This month has gone by so fast, and spring is only about 50 days away!
Are you still on-track with your New Year’s Resolution? Or have you fallen off the wagon? If so…just get back on it, no worries!
My “get healthy” resolution is going great. I’m making better food choices, and getting more exercise…avoiding elevators and escalators at all costs! I even went to Wendy’s today and decided not to cheat. I ordered a small chili and a baked potato instead of the usual cheese burger, french fries and soda!
In the morning I’ve been enjoying a glass of Trop50 instead of the usual sugar packed O.J., and walking to work instead of taking the subway. Speaking of Trop50, have you participated in the giveaway yet?
*I received the product mentioned above free of charge for editorial consideration, and I’m also eligible for additional incentives. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Broke & Chic has teamed up with Tropicana to get people to share the real reason behind their resolutions as part of Trop50 True Resolutions. Three lucky Broke & Chic fans will endure an afternoon of pampering! Follow the rules below to WIN a $50 Spa Week Gift Card courtesy of Trop50!
1. Go to the Trop50 Facebook page and share your secret motivation.
Bonus: Just by sharing you’ll earn a coupon for $1 off Trop50 for yourself and 50¢ off coupons for up to 50 of your friends. You can even submit incognito with a fierce disguise!
Double Bonus: Whether you submit a resolution or not, you can enter for a chance to win a $1000 gift card to fill your New Year with goodness. (They’re giving away four!)
2. Comment below and tell Broke & Chic your New Year’s Resolution.
3. Follow Broke & Chic on Facebook and/or Twitter.
*You must do all three to be considered. Contest ends January 31, 2012. Contest only open to US residents.
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