Skip the gym

It’s of­fi­cially Wim­ble­don sea­son – here are four ace (ged­dit?) rea­sons you should pick up a racket this sum­mer…

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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.

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