We are fortunate to have a couple of tennis courts in our community that we are free to use. One of my kiddos and I took some time to play tennis for a while last week. By play, I mean one of us hits the ball and the other chases it. I love playing tennis with kids; they think you are awesome if you can get it over the net! We decided I lost because I was the first one exhausted – not surprising. As we were getting in the car, my kiddo told me they could have gone for a few more serves. It wasn’t the serving part that did me in; it was the running after the ball part!
All kidding aside, tennis is a fun, inexpensive way to spend some time being active with your children. This is the perfect time of the year to enjoy outdoor activities. Friends from outside of Arizona tease us when it’s 118 degrees outside, but this is our reward time! They are still dealing with rain and snowstorms while we’re playing tennis, riding bikes, and even swimming.
If you have a court available, tennis is fairly inexpensive. I know there are enthusiasts that might disagree, but when I take my garage sale tennis rackets, my everyday exercise clothes and a $4 set of tennis balls, it’s a pretty cheap date. Not only is it a cheap date, but it gets us out of the house (and away from the computer) for some heart pounding exercise that is really fun – especially when we break our record of a seven-hit volley. Now that I think of it, it might be a good, heart healthy date for my husband too!