Tennis might be best sport for warding off muscle, bone problems

KYW Staff
February 11, 2020 - 4:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Playing tennis could beat going to the gym when it comes to warding off muscle and bone problems later in life. 

Some of the most common musculoskeletal issues we face as we age include issues like joint pain from osteoarthritis and bones weakened by osteoporosis. 

Researchers in Liverpool compared two healthy groups : one  that played tennis regularly, and another that got their recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week through activities like running, cycling and going to the gym.

It turns out tennis was the winner.

However, all of these forms of exercise are great, and the most important thing is to keep moving.