A beach vacation is a perfect time for the whole family to relax, have fun, eat well and, yes, even stay fit.
One way to both have fun and stay fit is to play tennis while on vacation. A sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime because it can be played at any age regardless of ability, tennis offers many physical, social and mental benefits.
And a beach vacation is the perfect place to enjoy the sport of tennis thanks to the variety of tennis facilities available.
Physical Benefits Of Playing Tennis
When you play tennis for just one hour, men are likely to burn up to 600 calories and women up to 420. That’s because tennis provides a full-body, aerobic workout.
One of the sport’s newest trends is “cardio tennis,” a high-energy fitness activity that conditions your heart and lungs. A fun game played in a group headed up by someone who feeds players a special cardio tennis ball, cardio tennis sessions feature drills to give players of all abilities an ultimate, high-energy workout.
A typical cardio tennis program includes a short dynamic warm-up, a cardio workout and a cool-down phase. The majority of the program is the workout phases, which lasts anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes. Most of this portion includes fast-paced drills designed to feed balls to players based on ability and fitness levels.
If traditional tennis play is your preferred cardiovascular workout, traditional doubles or singles are good choices and are considered as effective as jogging or participating in an indoor cycling class.
In addition to the cardiovascular benefits of playing tennis, the game also works to strengthen legs, arms, and upper body.
Social & Mental Benefits
A recent study performed at Southern Connecticut State University tested the psychological benefits of several sports and among non-athletes. Tennis players scored higher in self-esteem, vigor, and optimism as well as lower for factors like confusion, tension, anxiety and depression.
It’s easy to motivate friends and family to play a friendly match or two during vacation since there are so many sunny days to enjoy at the beach.
More than 300 Meyer Vacation Rentals properties feature access to community tennis courts.
For properties that do not have tennis courts on site or nearby, there are public tennis courts.
The Orange Beach Tennis Center, located at 4851 Wilson Blvd., is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and features eight lighted medium speed hard courts. The on-site Pro Shop offers Wilson rackets, tennis shoes, apparel, and accessories.
The George C. Meyer Tennis Center in Gulf Shores is located at Johnnie Sims Park and is composed of six soft courts, 12 hard courts, an indoor clubhouse and a pro shop. Lighted outdoor courts are available daily until 10 p.m.
Reservations may be made 48 hours in advance.
The Perdido Key Tennis Center, located at 16880 Perdido Key Dr., is a public facility featuring 10 lighted outdoor courts.
Tennis lessons are available at these public facilities.
Click here to browse Meyer’s inventory of vacation rental properties with on-site or community tennis courts.