Health Benefits of Tennis



A regional manager with Vectra Networks in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna, Georgia, Aric Keck possesses three decades of professional experience in the tech industry. In his leisure time, Aric Keck enjoys playing tennis.

Tennis is not only a great leisure activity, but it’s also a great way to stay in shape and keep healthy. Here are two of the benefits that playing the game can bring to a person’s overall wellness.

One of the most immediate benefits for players is an improvement in coordination. Because of the hand-eye coordination involved in playing the game, individuals can see an improvement in their fine motor skills. Footwork is also an underrated, yet vital element of the game that affects coordination. Moving across the court, starting and stopping quickly, and remaining on balance through the shot are all elements of footwork that develop as a person learns to play.

Research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) also shows that regular exercise can have a positive impact on preserving bone mass as a person gets older. Because of the total body workout that tennis offers, the potential for increasing peak bone mass, and also reducing the rate of bone mass loss, is another benefit. So much so, in fact, that the NIH recommends tennis for this very objective.


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