Josh Basha on the “Basha Tennis” website has a good article on how tennis helps make us more fit (Click HERE).
Here is a little preview:
While many people tend to think of tennis as an upper-body sport, the truth is that few sports compare to tennis in terms of the number of muscle groups used. Tennis puts almost every muscle group in your body to work, and the amount of energy exerted during a match can easily burn up to 300 calories in 30 minutes.
Working those Legs
Tennis is a great all around cardiovascular workout that helps strengthen muscles in the arms, core, and legs.
Pay attention the next time you play tennis to how often you are actually standing still – chances are, it’s not for more than a few seconds at a time.
Great Core Exercise
Often referred to as your “core” muscles, the muscles in your lower back and stomach are what controls your agility and balance.
The article also has good suggestions for improving your strength and conditioning.
This post was from the Fitness Tips for Life Blog. It’s good to see tennis getting mentioned in other fitness forums.
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As we all know tennis is great exercise for brief periods of time. When I was younger I played a lot of tennis and really enjoyed the sport becase of the competition, skill, startegy and also because it was the funnest way that I knew of to get some good exercise. If you play tennis for an hour you could expect to burn 500 calories if you were running you would burn over 1100 calories so tennis is not the best workout from a caloric burning standpoint.
Enter Cardio Tennis.
I was listening to a interview on an online health radio station today and heard a great interview with on of the people involved with Cardio Tennis.
Cardio Tennis is a series of drills that you do as a group that instead of really correcting your game instead the goal is to make you burn more calories. Cardio Tennis was recognized at the US Open tennis championships last year and is a great new way of getting great exercise and still having a lot of fun. If you are a tennis player already then Cardio Tennis si a great way to improve your fitness and stamina for your game. If you are not a tennis player then you get a nice hard workout and because of the way the workout is set up you will not have to be a good player to start with.
The website has a fair amount of information on the workouts and there are certified trainers that can get you started and conduct classes