5 Health Benefits of Playing Tennis

The health benefits of playing tennis are often lost when compared to more traditional physical activities like running, swimming and cycling.

However, many folks might not realize that playing tennis for one hour burns about 600 calories, making it as effective as jogging or an indoor cycling class. And the beauty of tennis is that it challenges your mind and your body.

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The tactical aspect of the game keeps your mind occupied while your body gets a good workoutthe short term goals of reaching that little yellow ball in time makes it a complex sport full of small rewards and limitless challenges.

Here are just five of the benefits you can expect to receive from the great sport of tennis:

Cardiovascular

Bjorn Borg accurately characterized a tennis match as "a thousand little sprints." The quick anaerobic movements the sport demands burns fat, increases your heart rate and promotes higher energy levels.

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A typical tennis match can last anywhere from one to two hours and at intervals that are optimal for improving cardiovascular health, which is essential for lowering your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

Muscle Development

In addition to the cardiovascular health benefits of tennis, the game also combines rigorous strength training in your legs, arms and upper body. And it's not just in a static, repetitive set of muscles.

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About the Author

Michael Cramton is a former Active editor and is a contributor on a broad array of sports and fitness topics. He is based in Austin, Texas.

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