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Top 10 Reasons why Tennis is the best sport for life

Here are 10 reasons why you should choose tennis as your main sport.

  1. Increase Life Expectancy

  2. Allows you to make friends

  3. Enhances your brain

  4. Improve your mood

  5. Develops character

  6. Increase muscle tone, strength, flexibility

  7. Lowered risk of heart disease

  8. Boosts immune system

  9. Burns the most amount of calories

  10. No age limits

Increase Life Expectancy

Did you know, according to a study done by a US-Based Mayo Clinic, it was found that participants who played tennis can increase their life expectancy by 9.7 years (which was the highest) followed by badminton with 6.2 years, and soccer with 4.7 years.

That is almost a whopping 4 years difference between tennis and badminton. The bottom line is if you want to live longer, pick up a racquet and start playing tennis!

Allows you to make friends

Tennis is one of the most popular & social sports in the world with about 60 million players worldwide (according to Topend sports), which means that there are plenty of people to connect with who share an interest in tennis!

The good thing is, you do not have to look beyond Singapore to start connecting with such people, because, with local tournaments, lessons, events and etcetera, you will be able to meet fellow tennis lovers locally.

Enhances your brain

Having to track where the tennis ball goes, and to return your opponent’s hits, you will have to constantly be focused and mentally ready. This means that regularly playing tennis would be able to strengthen those neural connections responsible for keeping you mentally alert, allowing you to use your newfound focus in other areas of your life.

On top of that, the planning and strategy of playing tennis would also strengthen the parts of your brain responsible for those as well.

Develops Character

Playing tennis can also help build your resilience because no matter how many times you miss or fail shots, you must get back up and try again. Repeatedly going through this process of failing and trying again certainly will develop a strong resilient mindset and mental toughness.

It will also build sportsmanship and respect for your opponents who have trained hard to give you a good game.

Increase muscle toning

Tennis is a great way to improve muscle toning in the legs, arms, shoulders and abs. That is why most of the top tennis players in the world have ripped and athletic physiques.

If you want to look like them too, tennis is an excellent way to do so.

Lowered risk of dying of heart disease or stroke

Based on research done by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, people who played racket sports had a 56% lower risk of dying from heart disease or stroke compared to those who do not do any sports.

They also compared the percentage to swimming which is only 41%, and aerobics which is only 36%, meaning playing tennis lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke by the longest shot.

Improves your mood

Playing tennis can also help stimulate the secretion of serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine which are the neurochemicals in your brain that is responsible for making you feel happy.

On top of that, these chemicals also regulate anxiety, relieves stress, and improve your sleep quality!

Boosts Immune system

Regularly playing tennis can also help boost your immune system by strengthening your anti-bodies which helps fight off infections and bacteria that causes one to fall ill.

So if you want to prevent yourself from becoming ill, and avoid the inconvenient consequences of it, start swinging!

Burns a lot of calories

According to the American College of Sports medicine, playing a competitive singles tennis game can burn 575-775 calories per hour, and 350-500 calories per hour just by hitting balls in non-competitive play.

This makes playing tennis one of the highest calorie-burning sports in the world and is a great way to lose weight while having fun too!

No age limits

Lastly, regardless of any age, you are, you can play tennis! This is because it is a low-impact, non-contact sport, meaning even older folks can play.

In a nutshell, playing tennis can do wonders for your physical and mental health as well as develop yourself which can positively transfer to other areas of your life. Interested to pick up tennis? Join Our Tennis Programme Here!

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