The Fitness Benefits of Playing Tennis

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Tennis is a fantastically popular sport all over the world. Not only is it fun to play and great to watch, but it is also one of the best forms of holistic exercise. Here are just some of the many fitness benefits of regularly playing tennis.

Whole Body Workout

Tennis is incredibly efficient at working out the whole body. Not only are you strengthening your arms each time to hit the ball with your racket, but you are working out your core, leg muscles, shoulders, and back.


The quick sprinting bursts and constant alert posture of tennis really improve cardio and gets the heart pumping. Tennis also requires lots of bending, squatting and stretching which gets the blood pumping around the whole body, not just in particular areas.


Few sports surpass tennis in the coordination department. You always need to know what your feet are doing as well as your arms, your opponent and the ball. This kind of disparate concentration is a great workout for the brain and its cognitive functions.


Finally, tennis is a top sport for strengthening the joints. While it is not advisable if you have weak joints, the high-stress levels absorbed by the joints when playing tennis help strengthen the ligaments and reinforce smooth movement.