It's all too easy to think that you're doing fine physically, even when the weight and blood pressure creep up, but when it comes to a sport like tennis, there is no place to hide. I used to play once or twice a week for several years, even making it onto the ladder of the Santa Monica Tennis Club.
Then three of my partners moved away, I couldn't afford club membership and I drifted away from the game, playing rarely. When I recently rejoined the club and started to play occasionally again I had a rude awakening. My serve had lost velocity and I suddenly found it hard to win.
I've been working at it lately, playing more often with a variety of partners, swimming to stretch my back, (putting in a half mile pool swim Saturday between four sets of doubles Friday night, and a set of singles Monday.
Slowly my game has been coming back again winning a set now and then. I still have room to improve just to get back to where I was a couple of years ago, but this is the nature of aging, we need to run harder just to stay in place.
Now that May brings spring weather to all of the United States it's time to have fun outside with a physical activity you enjoy. Don't forget to watch the anti-aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now," now also available with other anti-aging DVDs on ReverseAging.TV.
Anti-Aging Diary c. 2012 Checkmate Pictures - Paul M. J. Suchecki, Editor