Tennis Offers Great Health Benefits

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Tennis Health Benefits
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Kenneth Randall is a former law professor and dean at the University of Alabama School of Law. He currently serves as the President and CEO of iLaw and iLawGlobal in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Outside his professional life, Kenneth Randall is an avid tennis player.

Tennis is one of the most enjoyed recreational sports, ranking right up there with golf as one of the most popular active leisure pursuits. What most people might not know, however, is that tennis is also one of the most efficient workouts out there. Playing tennis for an hour burns almost 600 calories, and the game also keeps the mind sharp as well.

According to physician Ralph Paffenbarger, playing tennis for 3 hours a week reduces a person’s risk of death by 50% regardless of cause. He came to that conclusion after a two-decade long study that involved more than 10,000 individuals.

Dr. Joan Finn, of Southern Connecticut State University, found that those who play tennis regularly report higher overall self-esteem and possess more vitality than those who don’t. They also report less instances of anxiety, depression and other negative emotions.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have found that playing tennis regularly can generate new synaptic connections in the brain, as the game involves evolving strategies and on-the-fly thinking.

Tennis also promotes cardiovascular health because it’s a whole body workout. Rather than performing the same actions over and over, as in a traditional workout, tennis keeps the body off balance, hence building strength in muscle groups rarely used in most other activities.

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