|Tennis knocks it out of the park for increasing longevity|
|February 14, 2017|
|Recently, I’ve heard and read some information citing the importance of exercise and physical activity in relation to brain health and longer life.
It brought to mind how great it is to be involved in teaching and playing tennis over the past 50-plus years.
To be an advocate and example of the benefits of staying active, physically and mentally, through tennis truly has been rewarding.
If you’re already playing tennis, I think you’ll agree that it’s one of the most fun and healthy exercise activities to be involved in.
And, if you’re thinking of giving it a try, get ready for a great physical workout and mental challenge that could help you live longer.
Here are some benefits of playing tennis at any level:
Matches last about one to two hours with quick bursts of energy followed by brief periods of rest, promoting endurance and stamina.
All this happens while running forward, backward and sideways at varying speeds.
This type of thinking continually stimulates nerve connections in the brain. Many people playing well into their 70s and 80s are a testament to maintaining a sharp mind through tennis.
It’s all about timing and balance. The better you get at watching the ball through your stroke, the more your brain will help your body do the rest.
Playing tennis is great for your mental health and social skills.
That’s some pretty positive stuff!
So, here’s to better exercise for your body, brain and a longer life – through tennis.
Lou Marino is a USPTA Cardio and youth tennis coach who lives, teaches and provides racquet service in the Bluffton-Hilton Head Island area. firstname.lastname@example.org
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