This week at Stadia Sports we’re taking a look at the benefits of social sports, specifically joining groups such as tennis clubs.
For many people, engaging in sport socially rather than competitively is the best way to reap the mental health benefits of sport and exercise.
Tennis: The Social Aspects of the Sport
At an amateur level, tennis and other racquet games often involve joining clubs. As with any sport, joining a club will ensure you make new friends who are active – more than you would if you just kept fit by playing in other contexts. Tennis clubs operate on a particularly sociable basis.
The benefits of sports clubs and sociable exercise
Some of the benefits of joining social sports clubs include:
- Improved motivation
- Lower stress
- Long-term commitment
It’s no surprise that all these benefits lead to overall better results for the things that really matter: your own health and wellbeing. Let’s take a look at these aspects of social sports in more detail…
Social engagement is about finding a network of like-minded people.
With sport, the benefit of finding this mutually supportive group is that they increase your motivation to stay active. You keep going to tennis not just to stay fit but to see your friends. You cheer them on, and you receive encouragement in return. As well as enjoying the sport all the more, you know that even if you dip below your best, there’ll always be someone you know who will coach back to fitness.
When you play a tennis in a social club, you still get a great workout regardless of the scoreboard. Whatever your ability, tennis works on muscles all over the body and improves cardiovascular health through both aerobic and anaerobic exercise.
A low stress environment is one of the best contexts for keeping fit.
Time Magazine’s advice on cutting stress points to building social connections and to staying active. You should always be kind enough to yourself to try to minimise things which put a strain on your mental health. However, if you need even more persuasion to stay calm, think of your physical health when weighing up the benefits of social sport.
The extent of the long term effects that stress can have upon your health are still undergoing research. So far, this is pointing to some serious conditions. Expert in psychology, Dr Linda Mah, recently led a review stating that chronic stress can even lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
As well as this, it’s generally accepted that a reduction in long term stress is much better for your immune, metabolic, and cardiovascular systems.
Many team-based sports are likely to come to an end for players and see them become spectators.
This may perhaps be the pressure of playing competitively, perhaps the rigid time-commitments. Racquet sports are more likely to hold onto their players.
With tennis, there is often less pressure to take part in tournaments than with team-based sports. Furthermore, when you do compete you’re usually playing your friends and the blow of a loss is never as great.
Though playing tennis socially is sometimes less intense than playing other sports at an amateur level, finding a sport you are able to commit to means you will reap more benefits in the long run.
Staying active and having a broad social circle is endlessly positive, so we think taking up tennis is one of the best things you can do for your well-being. Share this article using the links below then get yourself to your local club!
Stadia Sports is a leading UK supplier and manufacturer of sports equipment. This includes tennis equipment for clubs around the country.