I personally identify as being a “runner” I understand both the positive and negative consequences that running has on our bodies. While running is an incredible exercise for overall long term health it can be hard on joints, particularly the knees. Running is a sport that is difficult to perform regularly for the duration of your life due to the beating it takes on your body. Contact sports administer even more of a beating, and are extremely hard on your body when played over numerous years. Knowing this I have been searching for enjoyable lifetime sports. Lifetime sports, as defined by LiveStrong.com are:
…physical activities that people can enjoy throughout their lives. In contrast to contact sports such as football, ice hockey, boxing and wrestling, less strenuous sports such as tennis, badminton, archery and fly fishing are suitable for people in all stages of life and can serve as physical and social outlets. Another aspect of lifetime sports is that you can continue to develop mastery and skill as you get older, with wisdom and experience helping to make up for reduced reflexes and physical abilities.
One lifetime sport I recently began playing is tennis.
Tennis is the epitome of a lifetime sport. It is well suited for all age level because of its low impact nature. It has tons of other benefits as well, from physical and mental to social. Tennis is a great social activity to play with friends and family member but is also a tremendous way to meet new friends. It helps reduce stress and promotes getting outside under the sun and breathing fresh air. It can increase your strength, agility, flexibility and reaction time. It’s a cheap and convenient game to play, rackets range in price from $20 to about as much as you want to spend, and the courts are littered all over every city in many parks. Most importantly for me though, tennis is a fun and exciting sport. It is what you make of it, it can be an incredibly competitive match or a relaxing enjoyable time to catch up with an old friend. Make it whatever suites you and get out there and play!
For other resources on the benefits of Tennis, check out the links below.