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Tennis & Your Brain

Most of us don’t have “train my brain” on our daily to-do lists. And who can blame us? When there are bills to pay, deadlines to meet, and people to take care of, it’s hard to find the time to prioritize maintaining our mental health and wellbeing. Luckily for us, tennis is the gift that keeps on giving and does absolute wonders in helping to improve our mental and emotional health. It hits on three big aspects: positivity, brain power, and stress, that help us to feel more balanced.

Positivity

Who wouldn’t want a little boost to their positivity (no red wine required)? Tennis is the answer, my friend.

According to a study at Southern Connecticut State University, tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism, and self-esteem, over non-athletes and other athletes. So it’s not just being an athlete that leads to these results, but something special about tennis in particular. Tennis players also scored lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety, and tension than other groups.

Brain Power

Exercises like tennis that require a lot of thinking can actually improve your memory and learning. The more you repeat an activity, the stronger the neural connections in your brain become - so when you play tennis, a sport that requires critical thinking and quick movements, you are strengthening the planning, tactical, agility, and coordination centers of your brain. Playing tennis may also generate new connections between nerves in the brain, according to the University of Illinois. This helps to promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain.

Stress

Stress is arguably the biggest enemy to mental health. Exercise is a well-known stress buster, so just getting out there on the court and hitting a few balls around is great. Working large muscle groups in a rhythmic, repetitive fashion as you do in tennis not only reduces your levels of stress hormones but also boosts your endorphins (chemicals in the brain that enhance your mood.) In addition to feeling awesome, a positive mood helps prevent against future stress. Win-win!

There is no one-size-fits-all approach for maintaining your mental and emotional health, but tennis definitely is a piece of the puzzle. When you can enhance the Big 3: increase positivity, enhance brain power, and reduce stress, you’re well on your way to living a more emotionally healthy life.

There’s a certain amount of stress inherent in competition. Playing against similarly-skilled opponents can help you learn to manage and control your stress levels. This is a helpful skill to apply not only in tennis, but also in other areas of your life. To get matched up with players at your level, visit www.tenniscentral.net

See you on the court,

Yann Auzoux

 P.S.  We want to make sure you stay as balanced and focused as possible, so sign up early and be the first to experience Tennis Central, a community like no other.

 


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  • Sligo creek
    Posted by Jonathon Lunardi at 2014-10-31 10:04:03
    there are always a ton of great players here!


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