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If you are looking to get yourself fit, but cannot face the gym or hate running - why not take up a fun sport instead? Tennis is a great sport to play for both fun and fitness. Playing tennis on a regular basis can help maintain or improve balance, mobility, agility, strength and fitness. It also helps burn calories. Playing tennis is usually considered to be the healthiest way to burn calories and lose those extra fats. It not only rejuvenates your body but also makes you an expert in game. As a tennis game can end up taking a long time to finish, you will find that your stamina builds up rapidly as you get used to these longer games. Of course, as with any exercise regime the more exercise you can get the better you will feel! To ensure that you play the best that you can, you need to make sure that you have the right equipment. Wear tennis shoes with good support to protect your ankles and thick (not cotton) socks that fit well to prevent blisters on your feet. Playing tennis is all about sudden starts and stops, as well as moving quickly from side to side. The trouble is that, during extreme stopping, cornering, and pivoting, if the sneaker's outsole is too rigid, the tennis player loses contact with the playing surface, which results in a loss of footing. To prevent hand blisters, keep your racquet handle dry by using sawdust or hand chalk. Wearing a bandage on there to help deter the onset of tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is caused by either a subtle or abrupt tearing of the tendon and muscle area around the outside of the elbow. It specifically involves the area where the tendons and muscles of the forearm attach to the outside bony area of the elbow. Tennis elbow is a common cause of pain and disability for frequent tennis players. Prevention of tennis elbow is far easier than a cure. Stretching is key to warming up your muscles and preventing injury. You just need a few minutes of good stretching. Stretching your muscles will relieve the pressure on the tendons, which is what in fact causes tennis elbow pain. The tendons become irritated when they are put under too much repetitive pressure all of a sudden, which in turn causes the pain you experience. Stretching "decreases muscle tension, increases range of motion, coordinates freer and easier movement, and allows for better performance. As a person stretches a muscle, the muscle becomes longer, allowing for more flexibility and less resistance to intense exercise.

Naturally to enjoy a good game of tennis, you need to get yourself a good racquet. This can make all the difference when trying to improve your game. There are many good racquets available, which can now be purchased easily. One that which comes with very good recommendations and

and is very affordable is the Babolat Aerotour.

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