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Could playing tennis replace my regular exercise routine?

I started playing tennis recently and have been practicing for about an hour everyday. I've been doing this instead of working out and although i'm tired and sweaty when i'm done i'm not sure if Ithis should count as my daily workout. I looked it up on and it said that in an hour of singles tennis I should be burning around 689 calories (I weigh 190 lbs). I'm not sure how accurate this number is and i'm looking at buying a heartrate monitor to test it out.

What are your thoughts? Is tennis enough to replace a daily exercise routine? Should I be doing more or switching this daily with my regular gym activities?

Wed. Jun 27, 6:39pm

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I think its a great idea. As long as your working hard and running after the ball you'll get a great workout. Doing things you enjoy for exercise is a great way to stay on track and motivated.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 7:02 PM

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Good question! I have no idea, but assume that your best guage will be if you see any results.

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 7:07 AM

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Tennis is an excellent cardio exercise - it does burn a ton of calories, plus you're shaking up your metabolism with the short sprinting. As with all exercises, you build muscle memory so don't ONLY do this all the time, do switch it up with other cardio activities (once or twice a week, for instance). Have fun!

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 2:13 PM

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Thanks guys! I think i'm going to start mixing in some running and gym workouts with my practices. I'm hoping it will up my game:)


Saturday, June 30, 2007, 9:50 AM

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I wore my Polar watch and chest strap to my tennis lesson and at the end of two hours, I burned 943 calories! I totally believe it cuz when i run, the Polar watch usually reads lower than online sites. TENNIS here I come!

Thursday, July 17, 2008, 2:53 PM

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any kind of sport/activity can replace your regular exercise routine if it's cardio. look at pro athletes! sure they work out in the gym every now and then but they get those lean muscles from their sport - even venus williams said she doesn't like the gym, she sticks to the court! you're working your major muscle groups - legs, arms, core, what more could you need!

Saturday, July 19, 2008, 3:36 AM

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Yes, as long as it's singles and not doubles. As long as you're actually playing hard and playing competitively. If you're just rallying back and forth and not really moving much, you might want to get in some walking and yoga as well.

Saturday, July 19, 2008, 9:56 AM

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