With the USTA’s proclamation, all of my available tennis courts are now shut down; so it is a “what now?” mode. How are the avid tennis players coping with this time away from the courts?
For those of us who are “exercise addicts,” we must find something to not only fill the empty hours; but also burn off that energy inside and get an endorphin release.
Here Are My Activities…
- My regular, daily stretching routine,
- Regular three times a week exercise bands,
- Daily, amateur meditation
- Hitting on my “garage practice wall” (picture)
- Hitting practice serves on the closed tennis courts
- Some other kind of exercise: walking, swimming, ….
- Reading library eBooks,
- Watching videos from Netflix and Prime,
- And, communicating with YOU
The “garage practice wall” is half of a ping pong table, which I set at an angle against the inside of my garage door. Using a low-compression, kid tennis ball, I can get a decent hand-eye reflex volley and short ground stroke workout.
And yesterday, my brother came over and we set up the whole table in the garage and, for the first time in several years, hit ping pong (“table tennis” for you aficionados) balls for an hour. During the first twenty minutes, we both frequently swung and missed at some shots; but by the end of the workout, we were able to sustain a rally for 48 consecutive shots!
I think both of these activities will really help in “watching the ball” when we finally get back onto the tennis courts.
What are YOU doing during this shut-down time?
PS Here is a link from Chuck Kinyon of some unbelievable shots from The Fed that may also inspire and help pass the time.
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