The Fitness Benefits of Tennis and Where to Find a Game in Santa Barbara


Blessed with near perfect weather almost 365 days of the year, Santa Barbara is a fitness lover’s paradise. With no snowy storms or freezing temperatures to discourage you from hitting the great outdoors, it’s no wonder that Santa Barbara residents always seem to be out and about engaging in some sort of activity. Whether it’s a hike, a jog, or just a stroll down beautiful State Street, Santa Barbara residents are among some of the most active people in the country. As spring sets in, daylight extends later into the night, and the sun shines brighter, it seems only fitting that we take advantage of this enchanting season. A great way to take advantage of our picturesque spring climate is by getting your sweat on under the sun. Enjoy our beautiful city and take your workout to the next level by taking it to the court! Head to one of Santa Barbara’s various local tennis courts and work up a sweat while basking in the Santa Barbara sun!

Tennis offers an excellent full body workout, and will leave you feeling tight and toned from head to toe. A game of constant movement and bursts of speed in various directions, tennis will tone all areas of your legs including the quads, calves, and hamstrings. Changing direction and maintaining your balance throughout the game will also help strengthen a variety of your core muscles and tighten your abs. The challenge doesn’t end there- swinging a racquet under the sun for an entire match of tennis will leave your arms toned, tan, and beachwear ready! The intensity and fast-paced movements of the game will keep you on your toes making it an excellent workout for even the most cardio-crazed runners.

New to the court? Not a problem! One of the greatest aspects of tennis is its ability for players of all levels to enjoy it. You do not have to be a pro to enjoy the game of tennis and reap its various health and fitness benefits. Recruit a few friends of equal skill level and play doubles against each other, or try a one on one tournament. You could even have a more experienced friend give you a quick lesson! It doesn’t matter whether you just play for fun or let your competitive colors fly, tennis allows you to spend time with friends while getting fit and feeling great. Whether you are looking for an upscale, country club atmosphere, or a laid back recreational facility, there is a variety of places to play tennis in Santa Barbara. Public tennis courts available to all ages can be found at places like Santa Barbara High School and are great for spontaneous weekend games with friends or family. Other court locations include Las Positas, Municipal, Oak Park, and Pershing Park. Children under 18 years of age can enjoy these facilities free of charge, and those over age 18 can play with the purchase of a permit. For those who play often and may be in search of a more serious and private tennis experience can become members at one of Santa Barbara’s private country and tennis clubs. Clubs such as The Alisal Ranch, Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club, Knowlwood Tennis Club, La Cumbre Golf & Country Club, Montecito Country Club, Santa Barbara Polo Racquet Club, and the Tennis Club of Santa Barbara offer a high-end tennis experience where you can increase your tennis skills and your fitness level!

Need some new tennis gear to go with your game? Head to one of Santa Barbara’s local tennis or sporting good shops for all of your tennis needs including, racquets, balls, tops, skirts, shorts, sweatbands, and more! Stores in the Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Montecito area that carry tennis gear include Big 5 Sporting Goods, Goleta Sports, Montecito Sports, Play It Again Sports, Sports Authority, and the Tennis Shop of Montecito. Staying fit seems to be less of a challenge when tacked with friends; so grab a friend and a racquet and hit the court for an invigorating sweat session under the sun!

Alexandra Conti

Alexandra Conti

Alexandra Conti is a recent graduate from UCSB with a Communication major. As of now, her passions lie inĀ avid running: she completed the LA Marathon in 2012 (raised $2200 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation), the See Jane Run Half Marathon and the San Diego Half Marathon this past March where she had a PR time of 1 hour 51 minutes 34 seconds. One of her goals is to run an international marathon someday either in London or Barcelona. In addition to running she also plays club soccer at UCSB and loves yoga (even though she claims to be terrible at it!) When shes not exercising or studying, she loves to shop and spend time with friends and family!
Alexandra Conti
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