Alert
Close

Think you know AARP? What you don't know about us may surprise you. Discover all the 'Real Possibilities'

HIGHLIGHTS

Open

REAL POSSIBILITIES

AARP Real Possibilities

DRIVER SAFETY

Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

Contests and
Sweeps

Dream Vacation Sweepstakes

10 weeks. 10 amazing trips. Seize your chance to win!
See official rules. 

CHECK OUT OUR
NEW IPAD APP!

ATM Mobile App for iPhone and Ipad

Enjoy the best of AARP’s award-winning publications

on the go with the new

AARP ePubs iPad App

KEEP BRAIN ACTIVE!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Learning centers

Get smart strategies for managing health conditions.

 

Arthritis

Heart Disease

Diabetes

Most Popular

Viewed

Commented

Fat to Fit

How to Exercise Safely

Condition your body for increased endurance and stamina

Given how much I love tennis, I was delighted to talk with Steve Madden, a golf pro and certified personal trainer, about the notion that amateur athletes can improve their performance through conditioning. 

See also: Stretch for flexibility.

He noted that advances in technology have dramatically changed sports equipment. Golf clubs are made from space-age materials, tennis racquets use computer chips, and everything from running shoes to skis, for example, have features unknown 20 years ago.

“But the one piece of equipment whose design hasn’t changed,” says Madden, “is the one that matters the most — the human body.” Without realizing it, we compensate for imbalances and limitations in our muscle and skeletal structures when we play a sport. Once those imbalances are corrected through a conditioning program, performance improves.

“Specialized fitness and conditioning programs are designed to address flexibility, balance, muscular strength, stability and posture,” Madden explains. A workout plan based on a comprehensive assessment of physical structures will prevent injury and provide the most direct path to better performance — whatever the sport. Combined with a healthful diet and plenty of water, conditioning the body results in increased endurance and stamina. And all of that helps make practices and games more fun!

Since talking with Steve, I’ve added more variety into my daily workout. I’ve added some flexibility and balance exercises, along with working with weights. Now let’s see if my tennis game improves.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Health blog

Discounts & Benefits

bring health To Life-Visual MD

AARP Bookstore

AARP Bookstore - woman reaches for book on bookshelf

VISIT THE HEALTH SECTION

Find titles on brain health, drug alternatives and losing weight. Do