If there is a day I don’t work out, that’s a day I’m sick…
Even though we are in the middle of winter and don’t get to play tennis as often, I recommend that you find your own routine that keeps you in shape and happy.
I would like to share with you my daily tennis workout which even my older daughter (9 years old) recently picked up. 🙂 She says it makes her feel light on her feet and strong.
The good part is that it’s something everyone can do. It is simple and only takes between 6 – 8 minutes.
So here it is…
Every morning, before breakfast, I find a comfortable spot (on a soft carpet), open the window and begin my daily tennis workout:
1. Jumping Jacks – 50 repetitions
2. The Plank – 1 minute 10 seconds.
3. The Chair (hold a static position: feet shoulder width apart, back straight; bend the knees as you would sit down on a chair and stop just before your thighs are parallel with the ground; keep back straight and hands in front of you like you would be holding a racquet in ready position) – hold for 1 minute 35 seconds.
4. Grip Strength – I have a hand grip (can be bought from a sporting goods store) and, depending on the resistance of it, you can do about 20-30 repetitions (or just before your hand gets tired) with each hand (I actually do an extra of 5 repetitions with my racquet one).
With every one of the before mentioned exercises I do not do the maximum repetitions I would be capable of. I try to stay in between 50 – 70% intensity.
If this is a routine that you should apply every day, make sure you do not do it at high intensity.
This is not meant to get you strong or fast on the court. It is for maintaining a good muscular tonus and prevent injuries for when you step on the court (especially after a few days break).
It really helps me feel confident and healthy if I perform this routine every day.