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It depends on your level of play, as well as,how often you play a week and for how long! I must say the best way is also to EAT HEALTHY.
Haven't participated in Spark Teams in years, but decided this was a great place to start!!!! No, I do not think tennis is enough to keep weight off, unless your game is singles and you place at least a 2 hour match every day of the week, ALL OUT. I am a USTA ranked 3.5 and playing doubles at my level and age of 54, I don't ever think I burn as many calories as the calorie count on the fitness counter, do you? When I play a 2 1/2 hour doubles match, I usually count about 90 minutes of actual playing time, between all the talking during the changeovers and sets, I never feel like I should count the full 150 minutes.
I try to walk about a 20-25 minute mile at least once a day with my pup, not much in the calorie burning but I'm moving. I also started back clogging in October BUT, even though I'm at the class for two hours, I only count about 90 minutes of actual aerobic burning.
Here is where I'm confused, it's hard for me to figure out how many calories I should actually be eating.........
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Funny, Two weeks ago while bouncing around in a zumba class and clearley not keeping up with the group, off beat with the music, I pondered this question myself. Is tennis enough because I'm a little tired of jumping around to music trying to keep up with a 25 year old. Maybe in the spring I will do a little research of my own. Of course I will still eat healthy.
I don't think that any sport is going to keep you from gaining weight. They all take a back seat to portion control. I love many sports but my wife looses more weight by lying in bed reading books and eating very small portions. Life isn't fair.
Not for this little 5'2" body. I've been on Sparkpeople for about ten years??? Wow. I've worked the diet plans and journal my food. I also workout every day and play tennis four times a week. Even with all of that, I still found myself gaining slowly but surely every year.
The doctor found a slow metabolism for which I started taking medication about six months ago...still nothing...until now. I visited my son and daughter-in-law in August and again about a week ago. My son had lost 50 pounds in August on a diet that he started in JUNE! By September he had lost 67 pounds.
Of course I had to find out about this amazing diet and started on it myself. I lost twelve pounds the first month!
It's called The 17 day diet.
I'm totally hooked on this new way of eating that tricks your metabolism into losing weight. There is a support group here at spark for the diet that helps tremendously. All you have to do is buy the book. I got mine on amazon used for about three dollars. Best investment I've ever made!
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