Fix Your Tennis Cross-training
(Tennis article by Randy Lynn Rutledge - a former USPTA tennis teaching professional)
This article is about the benefits of participating in other physical and mental activities to enhance your tennis.
Cross-training offers many options for you to work mentally and physically to improve the many interrelated parts of your tennis game.
Rapid tennis skills improvement will require you to combine improvements in tennis learning, playing ability, and practice activities with cross-training activities to maintain, recover, or establish healthy energy rates and body metabolism to enable healthy functioning of all body systems. A nutritionally balanced diet should supply energy to recover, heal, or realize gains in muscle tone, breathing capacity, nervous system functioning, balance and movement, and meet the needs of your body.
Mental gains require that you get proper amounts of rest and nutrition, set short-term and long-term goals as realistic motivation, acquire new learning about tennis, competition, the human mind, and your body. Challenge yourself to learn more about the many people who share planet Earth. Daily life for many people is very different from what you are experiencing.
Equipment gains for tennis require that you use a tennis racquet of a weight, size, stiffness, grip comfort, and string details to complement your style of tennis play; wear shoes suited for the court surface. Equipment gains for cross-training require that you familiarize yourself with all equipment necessary for each activity.
Nutrition and hydration gains require that you increase your knowledge about what and when to eat or drink to supply the needs of your body according to the demands of a chosen activity and your anticipated levels of participation.