Have you ever tried playing a tennis match with 5 pound ankle weights attached to your body? Well, I think most of us virtually do that every time we walk onto the court.
How Much Weight?
In order to improve court movement, I HAVE played with ankle weights attached; and you can really feel the dramatic impact. But I would venture a guess that the average club tennis player is carrying at least 10 extra pounds of body weight around with them every day.
I was too. My normal body weight for most of my adult life at 5’ 10” (now an inch shorter) was about 165 pounds, give or take a couple each way. But in the last year or so, I have dropped about 10-12 pounds to be at the low 150’s; and I can really feel the difference on the court.
When you combine the lower weight with my two-year-old metal hip replacement, friends have told me that I am moving better now than several years ago.
How To Do It?
For me, it was not any “name brand” special diet. It was just two things: eliminating alcohol and smaller meal portions. DeDe and I both normally take home half of restaurant sized dinners (and have another meal the next night). So it was just a gradual process.
And I remind myself of my old “Five W’s of Happiness”:
- Work (paid or volunteer)
- And, Weight/Workout
I believe, if you get three out of five of these as “positives,” you will “have a good day!”
How about YOU … carrying extra weight or have you lost it?
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