Improve Your Forehand … And Lower Your Blood Pressure

What if there was a way to improve all your strokes – especially your volleys and groundstrokes – in as little as a few days?

What if this simple trick could also help prevent tennis elbow?

And … what if this trick could also improve your health … by lowering your blood pressure?

It isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds…

It turns out, the American Heart Association recently reported that a simple hand grip exercise can lower your blood pressure by as much as 10 percent.

All you have to do is grip and release a small rubber ball for 2 minutes at a time, for up to 15 minutes in total. Just doing this 3 times a week for a month can lead to improvement in your blood pressure.

The science behind this is impressive. Did you know that Air Force fighter pilots use this hand grip exercise in their training?

During high-speed flights, G-forces (gravitational forces) push down on a pilot’s body. This pushes blood away from the pilot’s brain and into his lower body. As a result, not enough oxygen gets to the pilot’s brain and the pilot can black out.

So Air Force pilots are trained to squeeze a handgrip during these maximum G-force maneuvers. The simple act of squeezing the handgrip increases their blood pressure and forces blood back up to the brain.

And surprisingly … researchers discovered that pilots who used handgrips during their flights also lowered their blood pressure when they were back on earth!

According to scientists, the handgrip exercise “reprograms” your nervous system and resets your baseline blood pressure.

For tennis players, this grip squeezing exercise strengthens the muscles of your forearm, so you have more control and strength on your shots, especially on volleys and groundstrokes. And you’ll have more muscle mass in your forearm, to absorb vibration and help prevent tennis elbow.

Tennis legend Rod Laver used to carry an old rubber squash ball in his pocked so he could squeeze it during the day, to build up his grip.

Today, you can get inexpensive V-shaped hand grip exercisers such as ZoN Hand Grips at most sporting goods stores or from Amazon.com They’re great for getting a quick and intensive grip muscle workout in just a minute or two.

So Get A Grip! You’ll have a better tennis game and you’ll lower your blood pressure. It can’t get any easier than this.

References:
Bottom Line Publications
Oprah.com

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