TEN REASONS TO PLAY TENNIS THIS SUMMER
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) in partnership with Nike, has kicked off Tennis Tuesdays for its second year. Tennis Tuesdays – a women’s only initiative designed to encourage more females to pick up a racket – will be hosted in over 8 locations across Leeds and over 200 locations across the UK throughout the summer months, catering for all abilities.
The courses run each week, focusing on a different area of the game at each session, improving the ability of those involved with a mixture of skills training from professional coaches, and match play with other women at the same level.
With the grass-court season upon us, here are the top ten reasons for why you should be hitting the courts this summer:
- Increased Fitness. Tennis is a whole body workout, as you are constantly running, stopping and changing direction according to the ball. This stop-start nature of means you require short bursts of energy, and these varying intervals are great for improving your stamina and therefore fitness.
- Burn Fat. On average, you can burn over 200 calories an hour playing doubles and over 400 calories playing singles – however the harder you work, the more you burn getting you event closer to that fit and healthy body.
- Prevent Injury. Tennis is a low impact sport which means you are likely to incur fewer injuries. This means you can maintain your physical well-being if you are in recovery or a bit injury prone.
- De-Stress. Tennis can be both physically, mentally and emotionally stressful but don’t let that put you off! If you can effectively accommodate the stresses of tennis, this will force you to increase your capacity for dealing with stress in the real world.
- Improved Flexibility. Tennis increases your flexibility due to the constant stretching and manoeuvring to return the ball to your opponent. Improved flexibility leads to an improved range of movement which can help reduce the risk your risk of injury. It also means you’ll suffer less from muscle stiffness or soreness if you have been exercising.
- Make friends for life. Tennis is a sport for life, with many people playing right in to their 90’s. It’s also incredibly sociable – a lot of those attending Tennis Tuesdays all meet for a coffee and a natter after their session.
- Channel your competitiveness. We all have a competitive streak and tennis is a great way to channel that when competing in a one-on-one environment. The ability to compete in sport, trains you in the ups and downs of a competitive outside world as well.
- Use it in your everyday life. Tennis is played in points which believe it or not can have a positive effect on your everyday life. Learning how to recover by adapting to the stress of a point and the recovery period between points, is similar to the stress and recovery cycles in life meaning you can translate the two.
- Play with pride. Learning to win graciously while losing with honour. Gloating after a win or making excuses after a loss doesn’t work in tennis or in life – an important lesson we all need to learn sometimes!
- Having FUN… because the healthy feelings of enjoyment, competitiveness and physical challenge are inherent in the sport!
Tennis Tuesdays will be running at the following venues in Leeds:
– Chapel Allerton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club
– Roundhay Park Tennis Courts
– Springhead Park
– The Hollies
– Boston Spa School
– Heaton Tennis & Squash Club
– Greenhead Park
– Ilkley Lido