5 Reasons Why Tennis Is Great for All Ages

Tennis is an ideal option for anyone looking for fun outdoor sports. The low-impact exercise is great for strength training and cardio, which makes it a great sport for people at nearly every age. Even better, you can adjust each tennis game to suit your mood and skill level; one day you might play a slow, leisurely game and the next a higher-intensity, more competitive one. Here are a few more reasons why tennis is an activity to keep in mind for everyone, no matter your age.

  1. It’s a Social Sport.

There are no two ways about it; you can’t play tennis solo! Whether you go to the tennis court to play singles (you’re against one other person) or coordinate a doubles match (you and a teammate vs. two people on the opposing team), you’re almost certainly in for a good time. Tennis has a way of bringing out good-natured competition and spirited banter when played by old friends and new friends alike.

  1. Tennis Makes for Great Exercise.

Kids and young adults will love the thrill of hitting the ball and getting their hearts pumping by bouncing around the court. And adults past 45 will especially love how playing tennis can help bolster their weight management efforts, and keep weight-related diseases at bay. The regular exercise is also sure to supply players with a lot of endorphins and extra energy.

  1. It Supports Bone Health.

In addition to burning calories, tennis provides a unique form of weight-bearing exercise. This, in particular, is good for the bones, which tend to become weaker with age. You can keep them strong and even prevent bone breakage by starting a regular tennis regimen.

  1. It Can Help Keep Your Brain Sharp.

All of us, no matter our age, can benefit from activities that keep us mentally engaged. But the older we get, the more intentional we often need to be about exercising our minds. Tennis provides an opportunity to practice tactical thinking and keep your brain dexterous. This makes it a truly great exercise for seniors.

  1. Tennis Can Improve Balance & Coordination.

The pros make it look easy to run around the tennis court, swing the racket, and score some points. But all of the technique and physical movement in tennis requires a good deal of balance and coordination. The only way to improve in these areas is to continue practicing, and when you do, you’ll start to notice you’re more in control of your body. This can also help reduce your chances of falling and hurting yourself, which is a concern as we get older.

Whatever stage of life you’re in, tennis can be a great fit for your exercise needs. If you’re retired, it might be the perfect time to get back into – or start new with – a hobby like tennis. The best way to learn is to take lessons from a USPTA instructor, and we have one on staff at Terravita Golf & Country Club for our members. If you are looking to move to an active community, Contact us to learn more!

Must Try Outdoor Exercise Activities in Arizona

It’s always during this time of year that we get to look at our surroundings, smile, and talk to our fellow Arizonans about how much we love where we live. Part of the beauty of residing in such a temperate (and gorgeous state) is that being outdoors year-round contributes to better health, more options for physical activity, and overall stress reduction. So if you’re in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, and want to tap into the benefits of exercise and being outdoors, here are some ideas to combine it all.

Go for a Climb

Hiking and Arizona go hand-in-hand, and there’s no better time to hit the trails than the winter months. With clear skies and cool temperatures, you’ll feel (literally) on top of the world as you climb toward the summit of your choosing. A couple of Valley favorites are Tom’s Thump or Sunrise trails at McDowell Sonoran Conservatory, where you can even join their All Trails Club to get a guided tour from Stewards and Preserve volunteers.

Blaze a Trail

When you think of a physical exercise that can be done outdoors, you might not immediately think of horseback riding. But traversing the trails on the back of a majestic horse can do a lot for stress reduction – and provide quite a workout. Check out Cave Creek Trail Rides to learn more and to find out what options are available.

Go for a Winter Swim

Just because summer is long gone doesn’t mean you have to bid adieu to swimming too! In fact, many gyms and aquatic centers around the valley offer heated pools throughout the winter. Our favorites are the ones that are both heated and outdoors, so you can enjoy the beauty of nature from the water, no matter the temperatures outside. Living at Terravita our residents love to spend their time year-round at our resort style pool; and can enjoy swimming laps, water aerobics, and socializing with friends.

Stretch your Way Strong

No healthy lifestyle is complete without stretching, which is part of the reason why so many people are loving the age-old practice of yoga these days. But did you know yoga doesn’t have to be practiced indoors? In fact, many people organize yoga sessions outdoors, in parks or other open areas where you can stretch and enjoy nature in one fell swoop.

Go for a Scenic Bike Ride

Another idea for better health is to get your heart pumping by riding a bike. You could do a spin class indoors, of course, but why not ride along the Arizona canal and feel the cool breeze on your face instead? Ride through downtown Scottsdale, and see some sights, while the weather is still perfect outside.

Explore as you Exercise

As you think about ideas for physical activity, remember you don’t have to go far from home to partake in exercise outdoors that’s good for your body, mind, and soul. Go for a walk around your neighborhood, or explore until you find a neighborhood gem like the Carefree Desert Gardens. You might be surprised to discover all the beauty in your area if you simply start roaming it on foot and opening your eyes to what’s around you.

These are a few of our best ideas for outdoor exercise activities in Arizona that promote better health and stress reduction as you aim for a healthy lifestyle. Did we miss any? What are your favorites? Contact us to learn more about living an active lifestyle surrounded by the beauty of Arizona’s nature.

5 Tips to New Year’s Resolution Success

The new year is upon us and with it comes the tradition of creating New Year’s resolutions. Every year people come up with noble and ambitions resolutions, and by February the motivation to complete them fades into the distance. Living in a community can give you and your neighbors a built in boost to successfully tackling your New Year’s resolutions. How can you avoid getting derailed by the February fade? Read on for 5 easy tips to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions.

  1. Launch a monthly “Wellness” meeting where friends and neighbors can share their progress.

If your neighbors have regular social gatherings, consider trying a “Wellness” meeting. At these meetings discuss healthy New Year’s resolutions and create a forum for other residents to talk about their progress and pitfalls. Speaking about your New Year’s resolutions in public, and being held accountable to those nearest you, is a great way to make them a priority and even connect people with similar goals who can work together to achieve them.

  1. Establish measurable realistic goals.

When creating New Year’s resolutions, many people settle on goals that aren’t measurable or even realistic. Losing weight is a great goal but how do you measure it? A better goal would be to lose 2 lbs a month or 10 lbs in 6 months. Talk about the importance of measurable realistic goals and have a system to keep track of them throughout the year. Consider a small printout that can be a constant visual reminder of success. There are also plenty of ‘tracking’ apps available for smartphones and tablets covering a wide array of New Year’s resolution ideas (e.g. meditation, fitness, nutrition, sleep, travel, etc.).

  1. Keep the ball rolling – bring in a seasonal sports or personal trainer.

At different times of the year, different sports are peaking in popularity. Whether it’s summer or winter, there’s always a sport in full swing. With the wonderful temperate climate in the Valley, the Arizona winter is a great time to pick up a new outdoor sport or reinvigorate your passion on the golf course. Enlisting the help of a sports or fitness professional can help you and your friends and family kick off your New Year’s resolutions with the proper training to be successful, even as the seasons and your interests change. 

  1. Create a photography board.

Create and post a public visual display of friends, family or neighbors’ photos of their New Year’s resolution success. It’s like Instagram, before there was Instagram. You can even have a monthly prize for the best photo and celebrate successes. Maybe you’ll be inspired by others and creatively establish new New Year’s resolution ideas. Having a visual display can help motivate residents to travel, cook, exercise and even foster a healthy degree of friendly competition amongst the group. 

  1. Take it one day at a time.

No matter what your New Year’s resolutions are, each day is a new day and a chance to reset and reaffirm that you can and will accomplish that goal. Setting a resolution doesn’t imply you must be absolutely perfect every day. Rather, you resolve to make yourself a better person than you were last year and you take the steps (even baby ones) to meeting those goals. Rome wasn’t built in a day and my friends, you are even more special than the fabled city. Treat yourself with the kindness and patience you would offer to your friends and family as they embark on a new year and you embark on a new you.

Whatever your New Year’s resolutions, every day is a new day to start fresh and reconnect with what you’re really out to accomplish.

Contact us to find out more about our community and what Terravita has to offer, including amenities that can support your goals and lifestyle.