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Get Physical: Tennis Anyone?

Tennis is a great game to play with your sweetheart or best friend because even when you have nothing, you still have love. Awww. One of the reasons I like tennis so much is it takes only 2 people to play, but you can always go for doubles and play a match with 4 people on the court.

You also don't have to play a "match" - you have other options too. Since serving can be so tedious some days, you can just volley and practice your shots. Plus without having to stop and wait for your partner to serve, you both will stay in motion more for longer periods of time. And that means more exercise!

I also like playing using the no "out-of-bounds" rule and "play with multiple bounce" rule. These two slight modifications will keep you moving as well. It can be hard to keep the little ball in court if you haven't quite figured out how to control the strength of your hit with a little spin. It can be hard to get to those little balls on just one bounce. When you do run out of tennis balls to hit, don't walk - run to gather up all your stray balls. Again, more calories burned.

Many cities and towns have public courts, so you shouldn't be too hard pressed to find a place to play. If you'd like a few more tips check out my tips for the Novice Tennis Player. They should help you find the love of the game.


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tchan01 tchan01 9 years
I agree with syako, and was gonna point that out myself. I think it's important, especially if you're a beginning, to try not to let the ball bounce more than twice. You could easily get into the habit and it's not a good habit to pick up. With any sport or physical activity, I think it's very important to develop good habits.
syako syako 9 years
I agree that it's fun some time just to hit. But the whole "let it bounce twice" rule is a great excuse for not running to get the ball. I get really frustrated when I'm volleying with someone and they let it bounce twice while I'm running my butt off to get that drop shop at the net and then running back to get the next shot. You burn more calories that way. :)
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
Tennis is GREAT!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
Tennis is GREAT!
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
I play tennis on my Wii does that count?
jhuck jhuck 9 years
I love playing tennis with a friend when I'm at home. We're not very good, we don't know how to score, and we're lucky if it stays in play, but we have fun!
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