Is Tennis a good cardio workout?
Tennis is a great total-body workout burns can burn between 400 and 1,000 calories an hour says Marc Kovacs, PhD, a sports scientist and performance expert.
Playing tennis two or three times a week boosts your cardio, coordination, and bone density, flexibility, balance, speed, and agility. It’s one of the few sports you can play over your entire life. At Active tennis coaching, we have our youngest players starting from 3 years old to members in their 80’s and above participating in our group Skills and Cardio Tennis lessons. Whether you are doing it for a cardio workout or just for fun, take a look at these other health benefits outlined below.
Benefits of Tennis
1) Improve Your Heart Health
Tennis gets your heart racing and pumping oxygen and nutrients to your muscles more efficiently. It lowers your resting heart rate and blood pressure which lowers the risk for heart attack, stroke, and heart disease.
2) Improve Your Balance and Flexibility
Each shot you take means that you have to quickly change directions by stretching and coordinating your body. Your entire body must work together in rhythm to play tennis. This requires flexibility and balance meaning your body has to adjust and adapt lowering your risk of injury.
3) Tone Your Muscles
Your entire body - legs, shoulders, arms, wrists, upper back, and lower back all get a good workout. You run, jump, swing your arms, stop, start, and crouch down, move side to side, forward and backward at various speeds challenging your muscles to work hard. Playing tennis regularly can be used as a strength routine.
4) Stimulate Your Brain
Not only is tennis a physical sport, it requires tactical and creative thinking. As you start to learn tennis, or any new skill, your brain is stimulated to help you coordinate your way around the court. When you’re playing a game, you must be able to think fast and strategically to win your game. With tennis, you can take your game to the next level by out ‘thinking’ your opponent..
Here are just a few of the many benefits of tennis. Whether you play recreationally or competitively, young or old, tennis you an optimal full body and brain workout... And it’s fun! Move better and feel better. Be sure that you have good form and proper technique though as it will improve your game and reduce your chances of injuries. Come see them for yourself and Check out our classes at Active Tennis Coaching. Our adult classes combine both cardio and skills so you get the best of both worlds.