I think it’s time for a little more exercise and a mini musing on another fave sporting activity of mine – tennis!

Tennis in winter – you cannot be serious?!?!? Well I am and, although this outdoor sport is more suited to the summer months (so listen up those of you in sunnier climes), as luck would have it, the sports club where I swim also has indoor tennis courts, so yesterday I commenced a 4 week complimentary coaching course :-0

My tennis is a little like my baking – a bit hit and miss (mostly miss), but I enjoy it and sometimes it ain’t as bad as it looks.

I’ve played on and off since school and, whilst I don’t belong to any leagues, I find an hour or so knocking around on the court gives me an opportunity to smash some balls at my long-suffering husband Simon, or my patient friend Sherry; relieve some of that pent up aggression; lift the spirits and is a welcome break from endless laps of the pool 🙂

Playing tennis is a great way to maintain or improve your fitness levels and is good for building both strength and agility (important when you’re getting on a bit :-0)

At a competitive level it can be hard on the joints but, at the level I play, it’s actually beneficial for bone density. The experts have also calculated that an hour-long game of singles tennis burns around 600 calories for men and 420 calories for women, which is great news if you’re looking to lower body fat 🙂

More specifically, it can help to…

  • increase your aerobic capacity

  • lower your resting heart rate and blood pressure

  • improve your metabolic function

  • improve your muscle tone, strength and flexibility

  • increase your coordination and reaction times (think Cato in the Pink Panther!)

Yesterday’s introductory coaching sesh was all about ‘back to basics’ and was actually really good fun. It’s amazing how many bad habits you form when you don’t play at a serious level or have regular tuition to kick you into shape! That said, coach Marc didn’t have to pick me up on too many things, which was very encouraging and, running around the court getting all sweaty with my fellow students for 1.5 hours would, I hope, have gone some way in helping me achieve this perfect butt (who am I kidding?!?)…

Anyways, it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, an improver, or annoyingly just really good, just get out there and play; it’s fun!

More musings on whether I’m the next wild card for Wimbledon in 4 weeks’ time, but in the meantime, enjoy 🙂