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Lose the Weight to Play Great

June 18, 2008 02:08 PM

Lose the Weight to Play Great
Dr.Robert Heller

Many recreational and social tennis players sometimes overlook how their fitness level and weight can impact their performance and health. Often times, middle aged-individuals and beyond are carrying around an extra 10-30 pounds of weight. This slows down their ability to get to balls, results in getting overly tired and increases the risk of injuries to the joints, especially the knee and lower back. Because of this, they don’t play at their full potential and may lose matches that they might have otherwise won.

Often times, clients approach me for help on losing weight. Sometimes for performance issues, sometimes to look better for themselves and others and sometimes to reduce high blood pressure, and the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

I recently developed a pocket-sized guidebook to address this issue. “Weight Management” is small enough to fit in your pocket and carry with you when you need helpful reminders and tips to deal with temptations or challenging situations.

Losing weight and maintaining it is more like a marathon than a sprint. In my book, I give many examples of how negative thinking can sabotage your efforts and what you can do about it.

For the impatient and unrealistic individual who thinks:

“ I have been on this new diet and exercise for a week. It’s not working.” They could instead tell themselves, “ A week is not long enough to evaluate weight loss efforts. I need to be patient and consistent. Slow and steady winds the race.”

Learning to deal with “urges”, changing habits and using “self-reward” and sometimes “punishment” are some other key factors that help determine success- both on and off the court.

So, get fit, lose the fat and play great!

Dr.Robert Heller is psychologist, sports psychology consultant and tennis teaching professional based in Boca Raton, Fl. He is the author of the popular mental conditioning CD-ROM program, TENNISMIND and several books including, “Manage Your Stress” and “Weight Management”. For additional information on these and other topics, contact his website at www.robertheller.net.




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