7 raisons de jouer ou rejouer au tennis

Seven reasons to (re)take up tennis !

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We unveil the 7 reasons why tennis is an excellent sport for both your physical and mental health.

7 raisons de jouer ou rejouer au tennis

1 - Tennis improves your coordination

 

Your body develops during tennis. The musculoskeletal system (muscles and joints) is activated and works hard. We call this anaerobic. The biomechanics of the body imply the significant use of muscles and joints. When working on both at the same time, you will improve your coordination, dexterity, speed and flexibility.

Enabling your body to move around, hit the ball and get back in position whilst watching the ball go back and forth requires a great deal of coordination.  

2 - It’s good for your heart

Tennis is an endurance sport: repeated accelerations, recovery, acceleration once again. Your aerobic capacity is constantly tested. So what effect does this have on your body?

Aerobic activity involves the cardio-vascular system (heart and lungs) and tennis is a great way to improve its functioning. If you play more than 2 ½ hours a week, you reduce the risk of cardio-vascular disease by 50% because your blood pressure will decrease and deposits in the blood vessels will be reduced to near zero.

The famous V'O2max of long distance runners is in considerable danger! In fact, the intensity of tennis considerably increases a player’s V'O2max*. 50 to 55ml/min/kg for a tennis player versus 40 to 42 for a non-active adult.

A breath of fresh air for your body!

*Maximum volume of oxygen a subject can consume per unit of time during dynamic exercise (running).

7 raisons de jouer ou rejouer au tennis

3 - Improving intelligence and concentration

Sport = physical? It’s an easy shortcut to make! Generally speaking, sport calls mainly on our physical capacities. However, some sports help develop intellect and concentration. Tennis is one of them.

Watching that yellow ball for one hour requires concentration at all times. The brain is aware of every one of its movements and has to constantly analyse new situations and new trajectories. But over and above this analysis, you also have to find the right solutions (strategy) to counter your opponent. This incessant questioning establishes strong neuronal connections that help tone up your mental capacity.

4 - Helping burn calories

Like many sports, tennis burns off calories… Between 420 and 600 of them per hour depending on your morphology. Basically, the heavier the player, the more calories burned (420cal/hr <55kg, 620cal/hr >85kg). This is equivalent to around one hour of swimming, cycling or running at a moderate pace.

It’s all good for your body!

5 - Tennis forges mental strength

Mental strength is often talked about in sport and even more so when it comes to tennis. For good reason! Tennis, like other sports with a direct opponent, has the virtue of forging character and mental strength. Constantly battling with your opponent, managing your emotions so as not to show you’re struggling and masking a lack of confidence are states of mind that help build your personality.

The body and mind unite... Tennis requires instantaneous reactions and thought-about actions. The bridge between the two has to be very strong and tennis helps build and consolidate it. You can’t have one without the other.

So, what are the benefits? Reduced stress levels and less likelihood of depression according to some surveys, and especially an increase in self-confidence.

7 raisons de jouer ou rejouer au tennis

6 – Tennis also develops patience

11 hours in a row? Nice one. That’s the longest tennis match in history. But before you get to that stage, you have to work on your patience. And tennis is ideal. Points can be long, and so can matches, so no need to hurry! There’s plenty of time. And if you are in a hurry then you’ll have to learn that there’s a right time for everything. Hitting the ball at the right time and in the right place is the main difficulty in tennis. The longer you play, the more you’ll understand when that right time is.

Patience is an art, just like tennis!

7 - Oxygenate the mind

You don’t need to be perched at 2000m altitude to oxygenate the body and mind. Tennis can also do the job! Hitting hard and running fast is a great way to let off steam after a hard day at the office. In addition, the aerobic workout will strengthen your lungs, enabling you to breathe better and work even harder.

That’s it! You now have 7 good reasons to play tennis. Now where’s my racket bag?

Did you know?

Doing aerobic (heart and lungs) and anaerobic (muscles and joints) activity at the same time is excellent for the body. Your system produces peptides (amino acid polymers or proteins) that help repair muscle tears, chronic inflammation and enable improved tissue regeneration. The endocrinal system can only be stronger.

 

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