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.