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Tennis for the Health of It!
Submitted by Kenneth Yamada
United States Tennis Association, Intermountain Wyoming

Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension other than athletes and non-athletes according to Dr. Joan Finn and colleagues at Southern Connecticut State University.

People who participate in tennis 3 hours per week (at moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death in half from any cause, according to physician Ralph Paffenbarger who studied over 10,000 people over a period of 20 years.

Playing tennis on a regular basis produces physical, physiologic and psychological benefits. These benefits include increased burning of calories, reduction in blood pressure and reduced stress.

Tennis is a great social outlet, not to mention an all-over workout burning an average 498 calories an hour.

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.

Tennis helps your immune system through its conditioning effects which promote overall health, fitness and resistance to disease.

Competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics, inline skating, or cycling, according to studies on calorie expenditures.

Tennis helps your bone strength and density by strengthening bones of young players and helping prevent osteoporosis in older ones.

You will burn more calories playing three hours of tennis per week than you will doing three hours of light weightlifting, bowling or golfing.

Research shows that three hours of moderate aerobic exercise every week can cut the risk of developing heart disease by 50 percent.

For more information, contact Kenneth Yamada at 307.637.2221 or email him at:  yamada@cheyennecountryclub.com.


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