Playing sports is a lifetime love for countless people. And if you're a maturing athlete, you don't have to give up your favorite games. In fact, regular exercise can keep you strong, fit and agile for just about anything.
Our client, Mary Margaret Hyatt, loves tennis. "After I started getting injured playing tennis, I started training at Goodwellness." she says.
Mary Margaret works out with us twice a week to keep her sharp on the tennis court. We focus on building her strength, mobility and speed and with the goal of enhancing her game while preventing injury.
Mary Margaret is one of the millions of people around the world who play tennis regularly. They even like to call it "The Sport of a Lifetime."
Playing regularly can add a decade to life expectancy, according to a large Danish study reported by the Mayo Clinic last year. That's a greater gain than from cycling, swimming or running.
What's So Great about Tennis
Tennis is also fun, social and usually played outdoors.
And just as staying fit will make you a better tennis player – playing tennis will make you more fit.
Tennis Canada lists these benefits:
- A reduced risk of heart disease
- Better balance, coordination and agility
- Increased brain power
- Weight control
- Bone strength
- Better stamina
Be Fit – Or Else
The US Tennis Association says the great news about tennis comes with a big qualifier.
"Here's the bottom line for anybody who wants to play well into middle age, and beyond: be fit, or suffer the consequences," the organization says.
At Goodwellness we help keep our clients in shape for the game.
We put our clients through workouts that include footwork, side-to-side movements, lunges and other exercises that mimic the movements of tennis. That includes cardio interval training, since tennis is a game of stops and starts.
Warming up and stretching are also important, especially as we get older.
Tennis requires stamina, power in the legs, butt and arms, as well as flexibility and core strength – all of which you can develop and maintain here.
Staying Fit to Enjoy Life
Mary Margaret looks forward to playing into her 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond, like many do.
"The Goodwellness approach to full body movement helps me remain injury free." she says, "I haven't felt this strong and healthy in years."
> I'm always here to talk about your game, fitness level and any special considerations. We'll help you come up with the training program for you.