Play More Tennis During National Move More Month!
April 14th, 2019 by Do It Tennis
It seems almost every day is a new national holiday…. “National Eat a Donut Day,” “National Lima Bean Respect Day” (a real thing by the way, it falls on April 20th this year). And yes, some are ridiculous but some national days or national celebratory months, spark movements that bring awareness to very important causes. April, for instance, is “National Move More Month.”
What is National Move More Month?
National Move More Month, promoted by the American Heart Association aims to get people’s hearts pumping. The National Move More Month encourages Americans to get out more and incorporate more exercise and movement into their daily routines. If you love tennis as much as we do, this month is really just telling you to play more and what could be bad about more tennis? If you don’t have time to make it to the court, take a walk with the dog and throw the tennis ball around or do some drills on your own with a tennis rebound net. There are so many different ways you can get the blood pumping everyday, keeping you healthier and happier.
According to the American Heart Association’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2018 Update, only 22 percent of American adults meet the federal physical activity recommendations for aerobic and muscle strengthening activity. According to the CDC, “about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.”
Do Tennis Players Have the Advantage?
While those facts are pretty jaw-dropping, we have good news for tennis players. Tennis.com recently reported on an article in the NY Times that wrote about a study out of Denmark. 8,600 adults were monitored for a 25 year period and it seemed that tennis players lived longer than the adults were not active. That is really not a surprise; it is a known fact that regular exercise like tennis will keep you healthier, thus living longer. The shocker of this article was that it was tennis players also lived longer than the other regularly active adults.
The reason? Does it matter? Just keep playing tennis, and play it even more during National Move Move Month! If you are short a partner, grab your racquet and use a tennis rebound net so you can get some movement and practice in on your own. The nice thing about rebound nets is that they can be adjusted so that they can give a harder or softer return depending on skill level. They are also portable, quieter and a less expensive option than a backboard or tennis ball machine.