Why Exercise? You Get These Extras | Reader's Digest

Why Exercise? You Get These Extras

Tennis, golf, and swimming offer some unexpected health benefits.

from Reader's Digest | August 2011

The sun’s out, and the tennis court beckons — but so does the chaise longue. Andy Wadsworth, author of the new Complete Practical Encyclopedia of Running, Cycling & Fitness Training, suggests you consider the unexpected benefits of summer sports, then haul yourself out of the reclining position.

TENNIS
Surprise payoff:
Stronger glutes and abdominal muscles. Building up these muscles helps prevent lower back pain by stabilizing the spine and hips. “While you play, you’re doing lots of squats and lunges, which target your butt and abs,” Wadsworth points out.

GOLF
Surprise payoff:
Better balance. Each year, one in three adults over age 64 trips and falls; injuries from falls are a leading cause of death in that age group. “Hitting a golf ball requires a great deal of hand-eye coordination, which translates into your muscles knowing what to do when,” says Wadsworth. “If you have that muscular awareness, you’re less likely to fall down if you do trip.”

SWIMMING
Surprise payoff:
A stronger upper body. After age 30, you start to lose muscle mass, which can lead to weight gain and weaker bones. “Most people don’t do anything to strengthen the upper body,” says Wadsworth. “Water offers resistance to keep those muscles working.”

Beth Dreher

  • Your Comments

    • http://www.chirofromtheheart.com/category/services/massage-san-jose-ca-therapy Anton Houskeeper

      Too much of a good thing can be bad, after all. A bit of R&R is fine, but when you start to overdo things, you end up out of shape and more at risk of those aches. Exercise! Indeed, getting that body moving helps build strength to keep you healthy and strong.

    • shofield

      Such sport can be a good way of exercising but sports commonly cause body pain especially swimming. After having fun and having a hard day going to spa will be such a relief. 

    • http://accidentcarespecialists.com/ Quentin Edberg

      The payoffs for playing tennis sound good. It makes sense too, because you see the lower back being used all the time in this game. The movement of the hips increases the power of your return.

    • Anonymous

      What did you suffer from lower back pain ? And want you fast relief from lower back pain then should some exercises it best for you because that good for chronic lower back pain.