| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Playing tennis on a regular basis is good for your heart. It's also good for the body and mind. In fact, playing tennis on a regular basis produces positive physical, physiological and psychological benefits.

Some benefits include an increased burning of calories, and a reduction in blood pressure and stress. All of these benefits play key roles in reducing a person’s risk of developing heart disease, the number-one disease among men and women. Playing tennis on a regular basis can help maintain or improve balance, mobility, agility, strength and fitness. According to the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute’s exercise physiologist and avid tennis player Gordon Blackburn Ph.D., research shows that three hours of moderate aerobic exercise every week can cut the risk of developing heart disease by 50 percent.
“Playing tennis at a moderate to vigorous intensity on a regular basis is a good way to get your aerobic exercise,” said Dr. Blackburn. “You’ll exercise your muscles and burn calories. Tennis can even help lower your blood pressure. All of that helps reduce your risk of developing heart disease or of having a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke.
“A 135-pound woman playing an hour of tennis can burn 330 calories during doubles and 420 calories during singles play,” added Dr. Blackburn. “An average-sized man playing an hour of tennis can burn about 425 calories during doubles and 600 calories during singles. In fact, you’ll burn more calories playing three hours of tennis per week than you will doing three hours of light weightlifting, bowling or golfing.”
So, if you are looking for a way to improve your health and have some fun in the process, pick up a racket and hit the tennis court.