Top 10 Reason Why You Should Play Tennis

December 29th, 2008

Do you need more exercise? Are you looking to make your exercise more exciting? Look no further because tennis is an excellent choice to consider. Everyone knows that exercise is an important part of good health, but not everyone enjoys the monotony of going to the gym time after time and many people would prefer to exercise out in the sun and fresh air. Why not add some variety to your exercise routine with the excitement of a sport? Here are some of the reasons why I think tennis is an excellent way to accomplish this.

10. You can play tennis year round. The fact that it’s winter and there’s snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t play tennis. Although you have to pay for it, indoor tennis is becoming more and more popular and gives you the opportunity to play all year even if you live in a climate that has cold winters. Playing year round simply isn’t an option for most other sports.

9. Tennis is both an individual sport and a team sport. Some people prefer to be in full control and don’t want to depend on teammates. Others enjoy having a teammate to share the challenge with, and some prefer a mix. Because tennis can be played as singles or doubles, the choice is yours.

8. Tennis is inexpensive. It doesn’t cost much for a tennis racket and nearly all towns and cities have public tennis courts that you can play on for free. Of course it can get expensive if you join exclusive country clubs, buy high end equipment, and take lessons every week, but absolutely none of this is required. Popular sports like golf and skiing require costly equipment and expensive lift tickets or green fees.

7. Tennis is excellent exercise. Interval training is a great way to enjoy the benefits of exercise, and tennis is a long series of many small sprint intervals.

6. Tennis can provide serious competition even as an adult. Some people are very competitive and need an outlet for it. With most sports, serious competition ends after high school or college, but with tennis, you can compete far into your old age. Most cities have organized leagues and I play in a few of them myself. I’ve traveled all over the country to play in sectional, regional, and national league tournaments and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

5. Tennis provides camaraderie. It’s amazing how many new friend’s I’ve made as a result of playing tennis. Between functions, events, and leagues, it is very easy to meet new people.

4. Tennis is an outlet for athleticism. Although you don’t need much athletic ability to enjoy tennis, the higher levels of the game certainly require it. Advanced tennis is a very physically demanding activity that requires a lot of skill. If you enjoy putting your athletic ability to the test, tennis is a great way to do it.

3. Tennis is mentally challenging. Some sports don’t require much thinking and can get pretty boring as a result. While you can play tennis mindlessly if you wish, there is also a great deal of room for strategy. In fact, many people compare the strategic aspects of tennis to chess. It’s a great way to challenge both your physical and mental abilities at the same time.

2. Tennis is a lifelong sport. Many sports are too dangerous or demanding to play after your twenties or thirties but you can play tennis as long as you’re able to walk and move your arm. You may not be able to hit some of the exciting shots you hit in your younger days, but that’s certainly better than not being able to play at all!

Finally, the best reason in my opinion to play tennis is:

1. The pursuit. Tennis is such a complex game that there’s always room for improvement. Finding ways to get better at something, particularly something you enjoy, adds a lot of excitement to your life. With tennis, there’s always something to work on or something new to learn. Whether it’s your fitness, your technique, or your strategy, there are plenty of challenges to chase after.

So what are you waiting for? Give tennis a try and you just may find yourself with a new hobby and some extra excitement to look forward to.

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