To be deemed an active person, government guidelines recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity at least 5 times per week.
Broadly, the purpose of having these guidelines is to provide recommendations to improve overall health and mental well-being, and to reduce the risk of serious illness.
In a recent study, tennis tops the list of activities scientifically proven to increase life expectancy – tennis players live on average an extra 9.7yrs* compared to those with a sedentary lifestyle. It is thought that the physical activity and mental stimulation, combined with the social interaction creates the perfect environment in order to maximise the benefits.
People with disabilities are twice as likely as non-disabled people to be deemed inactive i.e they do not meet the government minimum activity guidelines (42.4% vs 22.6%)*.
This is, in part, due to a lack of opportunities. Bright Ideas for Tennis aim to create more such opportunities with our I Play 30 inclusive tennis programme.
Get involved and join I Play 30, whether it’s taking part in a session, volunteering as a club or individual or donating to help us provide more sessions.
- Copenhagen City Heart Study (CCHS) and published in Mayo Clinic. Proceedings followed close to 9,000 people over 25 years and found that playing tennis added 9.7 years to their lives (2018).
- Sport England Active Lives Survey