Skip the gym
It’s officially Wimbledon season – here are four ace (geddit?) reasons you should pick up a racket this summer…
Burn some serious calories
Playing one hour of tennis can burn more than 500 calories. Impressive. The quick movements of the sport burn fat and increase your heart rate, which means that – partnered with a healthy diet – taking up the sport is a perfect way to shift some weight for summer.
tennis terms decoded
Deuce A score of 40-40. Advantage The point after deuce. One more point wins the game. Ace When a serve lands correctly and the opponent fails to reach the ball. Double fault When the server makes an error with both serves, so loses a point. break point When a player is one point away from winning a game off the server. Match point When a player is one point away from winning the match.
It’s a full-body workout
Your arms, your legs, your core – tennis really does keep your whole body moving. The sport demands you use a variety of muscles in a variety of ways, side to side, forwards and backwards, slow and fast.
…And that includes your brain, too!
Er, what? Tennis requires some serious co-ordination, alertness and tactics, which help generate new connections between nerves in the brain – improving brain development and
keeping you sharp.
It makes you more social
Instead of working out in the gym, headphones in, praying that nobody tries to make conversation with you, tennis builds friendships and competitiveness. A study at the University of Oxford actually found that, more than any other sport, tennis can help extend your life, and that’s largely down to the social aspect of it, which encourages you to stick with the sport later on in life.