Monday, August 19, 2013

Tennis boosts optimism and brain development

Five Benefits of Tennis

Tennis has historically been called the sport for a lifetime. But is this true? According to scientists from a variety of disciplines, tennis is still one of the best sports anyone can choose to play.
The Facts:
1. People who participate in tennis three hours per week (at moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death in half from any cause, according to physician Ralph Paffenbarger of Harvard University School of Public Health. (Paffenbarger not only studied over 10,000 people over a period of 20 years in his landmark 'College Alumni Health Study', but also finished over 150 marathons over the age of 45.)
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2. Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes or non-athletes, according to Dr. Joan Finn and colleagues in a study done at Southern Connecticut State University.
3. Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and thus promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain, reported scientists at the University of Illinois.
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4. Tennis outperforms golf, inline skating and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics, according to Dr. Jim Gavin -- author of The Exercise Habit.
5. Competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics, inline skating, or cycling, according to studies on caloric expenditures.

1 comment:

  1. Tennis is one of the best outdoor sport to participate in. As it is a physically demanding game, those who play it are generally, more active than their counterparts who opt for a moderate form of outdoor activities. It is a fast paced, high intensity game, which burns calories faster than aerobics, cycling, or inline skating. It improves the metabolic response of the nerves & the brain. While playing tennis one thing should be kept in mind. The surface on which you are playing the game should be of high quality. As it enriches your experience of playing tennis by providing proper bounce of the ball, and keeping you free from injuries.
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