Strengthening bones, boosting mental health… the four good reasons to take up tennis

Strengthening bones, boosting mental health… the four good reasons to take up tennis
Strengthening bones, boosting mental health… the four good reasons to take up tennis

Like any high-profile international sporting event, the fortnight of Roland Garros which opens this May 26 can spark some tennis vocations. Or put former fans back on the path to the courts…

Sprints, endurance, speed, jumps… tennis requires many technical and physical qualities. Without forgetting the psychological springs that it can activate… Practiced regularly, it constitutes a real asset for our health. For at least four reasons:

It boosts our cardiovascular system

tennis requires both physical preparation based on endurance (running, etc.) and sprints at higher intensity, if only to get a drop shot just behind the net… It is therefore complete for strengthen our heart pump and strengthen our blood vessels.

It reduces our fat level

Its practice is associated with an increase in LDL cholesterol, in other words, good cholesterol. This is a major asset for both staying in shape and preventing lipid abnormalities that give rise to cardiovascular diseases.

It strengthens our bones

Or in any case, it makes it possible to fight effectively against the loss of bone density, which is inevitable with age. A South African study showed that the hip and lower back were more strengthened in tennis players, compared to a control group. “Its practice is linked to healthier bone structure“, concluded the authors in question. In both women and men, regardless of age!

It maintains mental health

Between constantly following the ball, analyzing the opponent’s game and adapting strategies to win points, tennis requires important qualities of concentration and reflection. A good point for our cognitive abilities!

The padel option

Do you want to get back into tennis in your forties or fifties? Consult your doctor first, especially if you are coming out of a period of sedentary lifestyle. He will closely examine your heart health as well as your joints. Note that to protect the latter, the padel is also an excellent option. Played in doubles, on a smaller surface than tennis, it requires less movement. It is therefore less traumatic for the ankles, knees and hips.

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