18.5.11

Tennis Anyone?

Remember these?

I took tennis lessons one summer as a kid and I also remember hitting the ball around with my mom at the park with our dated tennis rackets (you know the ones made out of wood that weigh 20 lbs).  I've always really liked the game, but I am really loving it right now (It could be my nicer racket...).

For the last month +, I've been playing with Matt as much as we can, which has been four or five times a week.  We are up to playing till whoever wins six games (that was me today, yes!), which means that sometimes, like today, we play nearly ten games in a row.  And it makes me feel amazing, but it's not just the endorphins pumping (or that I won!!!) because I did some checking up and look what I found out via active.com:


The Facts:
"1. People who participate in tennis three hours per week (at moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death in half from any cause, according to physician Ralph Paffenbarger of Harvard University School of Public Health. (Paffenbarger not only studied over 10,000 people over a period of 20 years in his landmark 'College Alumni Health Study', but also finished over 150 marathons over the age of 45.) 

2. Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes or non-athletes, according to Dr. Joan Finn and colleagues in a study done at Southern Connecticut State University.

3. Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and thus promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain, reported scientists at the University of Illinois.

4. Tennis outperforms golf, inline skating and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics, according to Dr. Jim Gavin -- author of The Exercise Habit.

5. Competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics, inline skating, or cycling, according to studies on caloric expenditures.
Is it any wonder that scientists and physicians world-wide view tennis as the most healthful activity to participate in? Other sports may provide excellent health benefits, as well as stimulate mental and emotional growth. But no other sport received such acclaim for its great benefits physically, mentally and emotionally."

2 thoughts:

Open House LLC said...

I am out of breath just reading the benefits of tennis. Thrilled you are playing with your honey cause that keeps your relationship fun, healthy and full of laughter. You sound like a woman of leisure.

Ajax said...

Yeah, makes me want to put the kids in tennis lessons this summer! You're absolutely right about the benefits for relationship.

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