It’s game on for fitness and fun on the court
If you’re looking for a great way to keep fit and increase your cardio, tennis is pretty hard to beat.
According to GemLife Bribie Island resident Karen Sommerville, who kick-started the resort’s social tennis club about a year ago, the sport is perfect for those who like to combine a good cardio workout with a large portion of fun.
“It’s a lively social game and we don’t take it too seriously, but every now and again one of us smashes a good one!” she laughed.
Daniel Cooper, the group’s newest and youngest member, has gone from complete beginner to undefeated doubles champion, together with his sprightly partner Joyce Plumb, in just five weeks.
“Next year Joyce and I will be playing at Wimbledon. I’m a natural and we’re a power couple,” he joked.
A long-time gym-lover and power-lifter, Daniel took up tennis because he wanted to add some cardio into his workouts.
“The stop-start of tennis is great for fitness. We have a lot of fun and everyone helps each other with tips and advice,” he said.
Tennis is a sport almost anyone can take up to keep active.
“We’re all enjoying it so much. Some people are put off because they worry about everyone else being better than them but they shouldn’t. Everyone can play to their own capabilities. Give it a go!” he said.
“We’re all improving our games, getting our heart-rates up and having a good laugh at the same time,” said Karen.
“It’s important at all ages to stay active and keep moving. Tennis is a great social game that ticks all the boxes.”
GemLife Bribie Island’s tennis court has a high-quality synthetic grass surface and is floodlit to allow for evening games.