Take Up Tennis: Fun and Easy Fitness for All Ages

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.

Melanie Haiken writes about health, wellness and fitness for national magazines and websites. She specializes in discovering and reporting the latest research on diet, nutrition, fitness, weight loss and other health-related topics. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Fitness, Shape, Health, Forbes, and other respected magazines. She also contributes health stories to numerous Kaiser Permanente newsletters and other publications.