Monday, March 16, 2020

Sharpen Your Tennis at Home (Tennis and the Coronavirus Lockdown)

These are extraordinary days that none of us have experienced in our lifetimes. The Coronavirus threat poses one of the greatest challenges in recent memory to sports and indeed our daily life. But President John F. Kennedy once said that "challenges are opportunities in disguise." In that spirit, we can find opportunities to further our tennis during this "gift of time" and pause in activity.

Here are some great ways to sharpen your tennis while at home: 

1. In-Home Practice: Footwork drills and patterns; split step; shadow swings with full follow thru focusing on perfect technique; balance improvement exercises. 

2. In-Home Fitness: Get fitter and stronger; improve conditioning; do home exercises; try simple body weight or light weight exercises; ride stationary bike; download      
at-home exercise apps. 

3. In-Home Tele-Learning: Watch tennis videos; listen to podcasts; read tennis books and articles; improve your tennis knowledge in technique, tactics and strategy; strengthen mental toughness and relaxation skills; get more information about improved nutrition, sleep and recovery. 

4. Stay Healthy and Safe: In the face of the virus threat, reduce risk with smart, focused and calm steps. Practice great personal hygiene and frequent hand washing; keep your social distance; and take care of loved ones. Take steps to boost your natural immunity through natural foods, and vitamins and supplements.

Smart preparation and making best use of this "gift of time" will pay big tennis dividends when it's time again - soon - to Play Ball!

Stay safe and healthy. And march forward!

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