The usual mistake people make when they decide to get fit is to go in for some punishing aerobic fitness regimen such as cycling, running or swimming – or they decide to go to the gym and mix things up a little.
Now this is great exercise and good for anyone who really enjoys the choice. But for those who don’t – it’s a bad choice as they’re setting themselves up for failure because the exercise regimen is a chore.
Instead, it’s a much better idea to try and make the exercise either incidental to your everyday life, or enjoyable – or a little of both. So, for example, if you can walk vigorously to the shops, or walk or cycle to work for all or part of your journey, this will soon become your norm and you’ll be boosting your fitness whilst hardly realizing it.
But perhaps an even better way is to make the exercise itself fun. To achieve this, you’ll have to pick out a sport you enjoy – or one which you can learn to enjoy as you improve. And there are few games which are as much fun as the racket sports for many of us – things like tennis, squash and badminton. These are all fun sports to play and all are great for overall fitness.
Of the three, tennis is perhaps the best choice. It’s physically grueling requiring more strength than the other two sports – but doesn’t cause quite so many injuries as squash. Once you get good at tennis, you’ll really look forward to the matches. In particular, it’s a great way of sharing a sport with children – and getting them into tennis at an early age is a good way of setting them up for fitness for life, if it’s something the come to really enjoy.
Watching tennis on TV can be quite inspirational too – particularly for younger children. This sets up a yearning to play the game and imitation of good players is one of the best ways to improve. Ask any coach and visualization is where it’s at.
For adults, meanwhile, a small tennis bet can be a good method to “force” a little interest in the game. Pretty soon, you’re really rooting for one player and watching the sport really makes you feel like playing it yourself.
With Betfair, you can both back and “lay” (accept bets) on players – and, therefore, change your mind during matches. This makes a small bet really interesting, particularly as you get a feel for tennis. Anyway –it whets the appetite for the game and anything to get yourself exercising whilst having fun is a good idea and, for many of us, tennis is really the answer.