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July 9, 2010

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Have you missed us, now that we’re on our summer slacker hours?  Don’t worry – we’re still working on our tennis fashions and of course playing tennis.  Tennis has so many obvious benefits, but I really had no idea how many, both physical and psychological.  From the USTA website – there are 34 health benefits to playing tennis, including:

1. 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.
2. Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes and non-athletes according to Dr. Joan Finn and colleagues 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.
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.

However, there are some downsides to playing tennis.  My right arm & shoulder are pretty acceptable, muscle-wise and I’d be willing to arm wrestle most!  On the other hand, my left arm, especially with my one-handed back-hand looks like the Charles Atlas before picture, enhanced by what one friend called “bat-wings”!  

But I had no idea that there were an even more horrible tennis infliction – tan lines!  I recently learned that one of the tennis teams we play during the summer have a solution to this hidden away in their locker room!   

From the often hilarious Skymall catalogue, “If you play golf, tennis, jog or participate in any outdoor activity, there is an unattractive result: The Dreaded Sock Line! If you wear shoes on a sunny day, you’re going to get tan lines on your feet. Whether it’s ugly flip-flop lines or—gasp!—completely stark white feet from being at the golf course, the Solafeet foot tanner can help. In as little as fifteen minutes a day, the Solafeet Foot Tanner will even out your tan lines and make them disappear in about five to ten days. So now you can stop losing sleep over the fact that your feet aren’t the same color as your body.”

Phew!  I was wondering what was causing me some sleepless nights – it was my tennis tan lines. 

Have a Smashing Weekend – I’m now off to take my shift at the tennis mission control HQ!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. tenniswall permalink
    July 9, 2010 9:52 am

    some of these “benefits” probably need a caveat. For example, “cuts your risk of death in half” that is only if you are not facing Ace’s serve!

    Point 2 — tennis players score lower on confusion? they obviously have never played with us!!!

    Tennis has more positive “personality traits.” Love that one. Shame they missed the Rt66 performance/language at the last match!


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