6 Tips for Success with Tennis Under the Summer Sun
With summer on the horizon, you might be dusting off your tennis racket for a match on the courts. Not so fast though! Jumping right back into tennis after months of leaving your racket stowed away can lead to injury and a summer of misery.
These 6 tips will help you find sweet success on the courts no matter how hot that sun is!
1. Train before summer session begins
If you’ve been putting off exercise for months, get back to it now before you play a match. Training now to get in excellent physical shape will keep you from fatigue while playing. Plus, the more fit you are, the better able you’ll be to crush it on the courts during hot and humid conditions. Physically-fit people can consume and use more oxygen with each breath, giving them a huge advantage.
2. Electrify with electrolytes
If you’re drinking plenty of water, that’s great! But taking in electrolyte-enhanced beverages will help you keep from losing fluids while in the game. Never approach a court dehydrated. Make sure you’re ready for the game by drinking enough to see you through.
3. Be salty
Along with that, sodium is the biggest electrolyte you lose in your sweat. Too much of it lost and you’ll start cramping. You can see it on your clothing when you sweat. If you have white residue, you’re getting enough sodium to keep you going while you sweat it out.
4. Go green
Tennis pros and beginners alike need to think about nutrition. Specifically, green foods will help with that. You’ll get plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Don’t forget the rest of the food groups though. It’s so important to have balance in your diet before getting full swing into tennis.
5. Cool your core
Before, during, and after you play tennis, keep yourself cool. Ice is a wonderful way to do so though you can use chilled towels and other items to bring your body temperature down to the level. The cooler the core, the better you’ll play.
6. Know the right moves
And finally, tennis can be a source of great fun and excitement as well as untold injury. It’s very easy to pull something and put yourself on the bench for the rest of the summer. Seeing a physiotherapist can help you learn the right exercises to improve mobility and prevent injury so you can enjoy playing tennis.
In Your Home Therapy can send a physiotherapist to your home to help you prepare for tennis, relieve injuries, or increase your mobility. Our professionals know what to do to get you ready for anything so call us today!