CARDIO TRAINING TIPS FOR TENNIS
Whether you play competitively, or just enjoy relaxed rallies with a friend, a strong cardiovascular system is essential to a game of tennis. When the ball is flying towards you, the court can feel miles wide, which is why you want to be fast and agile. These quick tips should help to improve your tennis game, and if you aren't a tennis player, these exercises can also serve as a killer workout.
When it comes to cardio for tennis, there are two areas to focus on: speed and endurance. When you're on the court, you want speed to make it to the ball with speed, and you want to continue to make it to the ball with endurance. Both are equally important components of your tennis game.
We recommend that you always warm your body up before cardio training to help prevent injury. Some great warm ups to try before cardio training:
By warming up before your workout, your goal is to loosen your muscles and get your heart pumping, but it shouldn't be too demanding. You still want to be able to talk to your workout buddy or sing along to your playlist without struggle. Otherwise you may be working too hard. Remember, the main event is still to come.
The goal of endurance training is to make your body work longer. That way, during a long rally, you don't run out of gas. Improving your endurance can be easy. You might want to try a low impact (easy on the joints) exercise such as biking, swimming, or roller blading.
Speed is where its at:
Speed is vital for getting to the ball fast, and it can be improved upon by doing exercises like sprints or interval training.
Cool it off:
Now that you've successfully worked up a cardio induced sweat, you probably want to crawl off to bed (or is that just us?). While a shower and a nap may sound inviting, don't skip out on your cool down. Some light stretching or yoga will help for a faster recovery.
So, if you're looking to improve your tennis game, whether it's competitive or recreational, keep this blog post in mind. If you're not a tennis player: don't even sweat it. Cardio exercise is helpful for everyone, and reduce your risk of heart disease, reduce stress, and even increase your bone density.