If you’re looking for a sport that is fun and challenging, tennis might be the game for you. Because you play against an opponent, you’ll stay focused and won’t even notice that you’re exercising. Tennis can be played with or without a partner. With numerous indoor and outdoor courts around, tennis is a game you can enjoy all year round.

Getting Started

The best way for a beginner to jump into tennis is by taking a lesson with a professional instructor. You’ll learn how to hold the racket and how to hit a backhand, forehand, and serve. Proper grip and stroke technique is important in preventing injuries like tennis elbow, a repetitive overuse injury in the forearm that is caused by holding your racket improperly. Before buying a racket, ask your instructor for tips on what type is right for you. You can usually rent rackets at a pro shop.

Tennis is a sport that requires a lot of time and practice to master. Beginners will enjoy learning the basics of the game and being able to hit the ball across the net. But with practice you’ll learn more advanced skills such as being able to aim the ball to where you want it to land while strategizing the movements and locations of your opponent so you can hit the ball just out of their reach.

Tennis is a competitive sport which requires either two people (singles tennis) or four people (doubles tennis) to play a game. The basic rules and scoring are fairly simple but should be learned prior to playing a game.

Body Benefits

Playing a lot of tennis will not only improve your game, but also strengthen and tone your muscles, especially in the arms, legs, and back. Running back and forth across the court to hit the ball will help build endurance. Your aerobic workout will become more intense as you get better because you’ll be able to hold a rally for a longer period of time.

Warming Up and Cooling Down

Before starting your game, you should warm up for about 5 to ten minutes by walking or jogging around the court a few times. This will allow your muscles to get warm and your heart rate to increase gradually. If you’ve been playing vigorously, allow yourself a few minutes of cool-down when you are done.

Be sure to stretch your calves, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, shoulders, arms, and back before and after playing in order to prevent injury and reduce soreness.


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