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“Thankful” for the game that unites us

Oct 12, 2015
written by: Catherine Cameron
written by: Catherine Cameron
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Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

I hope that wherever you live, you’re enjoying some of the sunshine and/or warm temperatures we’re so grateful to have in the Toronto area this long weekend. Perfect tennis weather. If only my serve were on par!

It’s always a bittersweet stepping onto the courts at this time of year – dark evenings have already robbed us of evening playing time, and cold weather and community court closures are not long off.

All the more reason to grab your racquet and to get in a last few rallies or games before the outdoor season is over for the year – unless of course, you’re one of the hardy few who lace up their skates to enjoy a winter hit on ice.

Today is a perfect day to reflect upon and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. Though family, friends, and health are top of my list, my fun on the courts this weekend is a reminder of how tennis brings us closer to those we enjoy it with, and can help us optimize our health. Today let’s celebrate the game we know and love for these reasons and more:

  1. Tennis is game that welcomes participants of all ages and abilities – modify the game and enjoy it your way.
  2. Tennis brings us closer to those we enjoy it with.
  3. Like most forms of physical activity, tennis makes us happier and healthier.
  4. Tennis promotes continuing brain development, possibly staving off cognitive decline.
  5. Tennis torches calories and burns fat – something many will be especially glad to hear this Thanksgiving weekend!:)
  6. Tennis is a great form of aerobic exercise – your heart and lungs will love you for it. The game also promotes bone strength and reduces the risk of osteoporosis
  7. A rally or game of this great sport will help you manage stress, anxiety, and depression. Tennis is great for your physical and mental health!
  8. Tennis builds muscle, increases hand-eye and overall body coordination, and offers a terrific form of cross training for those who participate in other sports
  9. Tennis improves flexibility – all the required bending and stretching will help you increase or maintain your range of motion
  10. It’s fun! Who among us wouldn’t benefit from more exercise, more time outdoors (do take your eye of the ball a few times to take in the fall colours!), and more laughs?

Whether you make it to the courts this weekend or not, take time to give thanks for the blessings in your life and to share them with others.