Take Up Tennis: Fun and Easy Fitness for All Ages

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If you’ve watched others play tennis and thought it looked fun, it’s time to take the next step and learn how. Or maybe you took a few lessons as a kid, but feel self-conscious about starting again.

Here are some tips on how tennis is good for you, and how to take up this fun sport as a beginner. Among its many health and fitness benefits, tennis:

  • increases aerobic fitness
  • improves strength and muscle tone
  • increases flexibility
  • lowers resting heart rate and blood pressure
  • improves metabolic function
  • lowers body fat
  • improves balance
  • increases bone density
  • improves reaction times
  • reduces stress

But wait, there’s more! Tennis isn’t just a  great physical workout, it’s also:

  • social: It’s a great way to meet people and spend time with friends
  • all-ages: You can start the game at any age and play for a lifetime.
  • beginner-friendly: No matter your skill level, you can find someone of a similar ability to play with.

Now that you’re convinced, how do you get started? This is another way tennis stands out from many other sports – most communities are rich in opportunities to learn tennis at low cost.

Check the schedule of your local recreation or community center and you’re likely to see tennis offered; likewise there are almost certainly inexpensive classes at your community college. The sporting event website Active has a searchable tennis page where you can find some of the tennis leagues near you. Tennis lessons are also offered at YMCAs, Jewish Community Centers, gyms, and sports clubs.

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