Tennis and Health

Dean Sinerius

Here’s a little-known fact from researchers at Oxford University who have concluded that tennis is the most useful sport for human health. According to the research, playing tennis on a routine basis reduces the risk of premature death in older people by up to 47%, while swimming reaches up to 28%, and riding a bike reaches 15%! Not only is it a fun and exciting way to stay active, but it also offers numerous health benefits, which include but are not limited to:

1) Improves cardiovascular health: Tennis is a high-intensity sport that requires a lot of running and quick movements. This helps to improve cardiovascular health by increasing heart rate and blood flow throughout the body.

2) Builds muscle strength and endurance: Tennis involves using a variety of muscle groups, including the legs, arms, and core. Regular play can help to build muscle strength and endurance, which can improve overall physical fitness.

3) Enhances flexibility and coordination: Tennis requires a lot of quick movements and changes in direction, which can help to improve flexibility and coordination. This can also help to reduce the risk of injury in other activities.

4) Reduces stress and anxiety: Exercise, in general, is known to reduce stress and anxiety levels, and tennis is no exception. The social aspect of the sport can also help to improve mental health by providing a sense of community and connection.

5) Improves cognitive function: Tennis requires a lot of mental focus and quick decision-making, which can help to improve cognitive function. Regular play has been shown to improve memory, attention, and reaction time. In conclusion, playing tennis is a great way to stay active and improve overall health and wellbeing.

For information regarding membership in Cottonwood Tennis Club, please contact Membership Chair Carol Trentadue at [email protected] or Maurice Allen at [email protected]. Also, look at the CTC online calendar for activity during the upcoming three months.