Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tennis: A Great Exercise for Warding Off Osteoporosis: Report from the U.S. Tennis Open 2014

The nice thing about tennis is that you can do it year round (indoor and ourdoor tennis courts abound), you can play competitively or non-competitively as you like, and as long as you can stand up without falling over you can play well into your 70's, 80's, or even 90's. Now THAT is a GREAT sport!

It is always an honor to watch elite athletes in action no matter what sport. So when I got the opportunity to attend a match at the US Tennis Open in New York I was extremely excited even though I don't play tennis and barely know how to keep score. Today was the quarterfinals match between Victoria Azarenka and Ekaterina Makarova and I was totally in awe as that ball blasted back and forth at speeds exceeding 100 m.p.h.! Such amazing athletes...so powerful, so agile, and extremely competitive. Makarova from Russia won 4-6, 2-6 and will take on Serena Williams in the semi-finals in two days.

So if you are looking for a new challenge and you want to get some exercise to help build up your muscles and bones...you might want to check out tennis. You don't have to be US Open material...you just have to hold a racket and get yourself out onto a court. Looked like a lot of fun to me!


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