As Wimbledon draws to a climax, tennis courts across the country are full of budding Andy Murrays or Johanna Kontas. But you don’t have to compete at the highest level to feel the benefits of playing tennis.
A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that playing racket sports significantly reduces the risk of death from heart disease. And that’s not all.
Here are 10 reasons to keep playing tennis long after the Wimbledon trophies have been lifted.
1. You get a full body workout
Whether playing singles, doubles or hitting the ball against a wall, tennis is a full body workout. Swinging the racket works the muscles of your arms, shoulders, back and core. You use the muscles of your lower body to run, jump, crouch and move on the spot.
2. It reduces the risk of a heart attack
Tennis demands continuous movement – even while standing on the spot. Your heart rate increases to deliver more oxygen and nutrients to the working muscles. This improves your aerobic fitness and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.
3. You improve your stamina
Tennis is a fast-paced sport. The average rally lasts for 5–7 seconds and you have to sprint for the ball. Working at a high intensity for short periods like this improves your anaerobic capacity – which means you can make explosive movements without getting tired as quickly.