Have you recently started getting fit, or are thinking about doing so? Perhaps you have joined a gym, have started going out for the odd run (yes, you can now call it a run whatever the speed!), or are working out at home with a mat and one of the latest exercise apps. If you are like me, however, you may find it is difficult to find the motivation to work out, especially as it is so hard when you are starting out.
That all changed for me when I took up tennis 4 months ago. I am having so much fun learning to play tennis that it doesn’t even feel like working out, and I now have a clear goal to my workouts: getting fitter and stronger will help me improve my tennis. If the idea of playing a sport takes you back to depressing P.E. lessons at school, perhaps the following 3 reasons will convince you to give it a try:
You can burn around 400 calories an hour
The exact amount of calories you will burn depends on your weight and effort, but the most important thing is that you probably won’t even notice that you are working out as you will be concentrating so hard on trying to hit the ball.
Running around hitting a ball is fun
Many of us have negative memories of sports at school, perhaps because we didn’t feel good enough or we just didn’t want to run around a hockey pitch in December in a skirt. But if you try out tennis at a later stage in life, when you don’t have to worry about how you compare to others, and you can dress suitably for the weather, you may just discover that running around chasing a ball can actually be fun.
Tennis has become more accessible
I always thought of tennis as a slightly elitist sport that required lots of expensive lessons and subscriptions to tennis clubs. Whilst that may have been the case years ago, it is now a much more accessible sport. Last year the LTA partnered with Nike to introduce Tennis Tuesdays across the country, where players of any level can book a 1 hour group lesson for between £5-10, and the courts, rackets and coaches are all provided for.
And if you are not sure what to wear to your first Tennis Tuesday session, don’t worry because SportStylist has got you covered…
Helen is a fitness and fashion blogger who has just started her journey to becoming a stylish tennis player. At almost 40 years old she decided to take up tennis, and now wants to encourage women of all ages to do the same. Whilst initially restricting her tennis wardrobe to shorts and leggings, she soon realised how great it felt to play in tennis skirts and dresses and she started to discover the world of tennis fashion. Head over to her blog www.40ishlove.com for more tennis motivation and fashion inspiration, and don’t forget to like her on Facebook, or follow her on Instagram and Twitter.