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An Introduction To Bikram Yoga

An Introduction To Bikram Yoga

Most people have a passing knowledge with what Yoga is, or think they know about what it sets out to achieve. But until you have tried Yoga it is impossible to know whether you have the type of personality that can truly excel under it’s influence. Yoga, quite simply can be a life changing experience and the discipline and mental strength that result from it can completely change your perspective and world view.

One method of Yoga which is currently very popular is know as Bikram Yoga. Bikram Yoga, often referred to as ‘hot yoga’ follows the Bikram Yoga Method. As with all Yoga it has multiple goals – to build your inner strength as well as your outer physical strength. A vital component of Bikram Yoga is the flexibility and balance required to perform the exercises and it is believed that this comes from mental strength as much as physical practice. The roots of Bikram are in Hatha Yoga, which is a healing form of Yoga that strengthens both body and mind.

The founder of Bikram Yoga was Bikram Choudhury, a yoga practitioner and innovator. After a weightlifting accident Bikram Choudhury was determined to recover and set about investigating the healing ability of practicing certain types of exercise. The result was Bikram Yoga, which so many people found to be an effective method of healing that it’s tenants were recorded and passed on as a new form of Yoga. Those who practise Bikram Yoga purely for it’s healing benefits are plentiful, but there is also a strong holistic component, which is a key reason behind using Bikram Yoga for many of those who are regular users.

They key to success with Bikram Yoga is to develop the mental strength required to discipline yourself in it’s use. If you can master this side of the Yoga then the physical benefits will be forthcoming. They have been proven by scientists including a group from the Tokyo University Hospital. The medical benefits are beyond question and have been shown to improve chronic ailments as well as greatly assist in the treatment and recovery of tissue injuries.

At the 1972 International Medical Conference the findings were presented and it was concluded that Bikram Yoga had the ability to assist in the recovery of internal tissue. The explanation given was that the positions practised by Bikram Yoga replenish cells and assist in the lymphatic system flushing toxins from the body. In addition to the toxin drain the cells are assisted by higher oxygen flows during and after exercise.

Bikram showed that to get the best benefits from the exercise a healthy and well balanced body was important. Where the body is weak Bikram Yoga will have less affect in the healing process, which relies on correct balance and circulation.

Bikram demonstrated 26 exercises and recommended a regime, which was to be practised every single day in order to best treat the body. Each posture exercise was developed based on a background of both Eastern and Western Yoga disciplines. They all focus on the movement and pressure on muscles, nerves, ligaments glands and organs. The exercises are meant to be performed together and in sequence, because they are all inter-related to each other.

Bikram Yoga is low impact and can be performed by people of all different ages. The important component is the discipline required to perform the posture exercises every day for maximum benefit.

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Should You Use Exercise Equipments?

Should You Use Exercise Equipments?

Are you in shape for summer yet? Those sunny days are just around the corner and everyone is out browsing for their skimpy bathing suits. How will your new swimwear fit on you?

Are those legs tone and those arms fit? Have you been keeping up with your daily crunches and sit-ups? That one always gets people. Those darn ab workouts. Although they can be a little irksome at times, they’re necessary to say the least. Come on, we all want a great set of abs. Why do you think we have so much ab exercise equipment storming the fitness market at all times? Regardless if you’re male or female, the abs are imperative. Are you testing out some of the new-age ab exercise equipment?

The main question is, should you use any exercise equipment?

When it comes to ab exercise equipment, I don’t have any. I prefer to do all my exercises without loads of machines. You know, pull-ups, push-ups, leg-raises, dips, ect. Now, this is not the route for every individual who is striving to stay fit. Many people prefer some of the latest benches, treadmills, stairmasters, and ab exercise equipment on the market. This stuff is great if you can afford it. Why not take advantage of any contemporary aids if available? My wife has one of those big rubber balls. While I’m sure they have a more politically correct name, I don’t know what it is. She uses this ab exercise equipment for a variety of stomach and back workouts. I have to admit that I was rather taken-back the first time I saw it. I could certainly see how it would provide you with a strenuous workout and build your muscles. She continues to use it daily for a variety of exercises.

What ab exercise equipment do you prefer? Maybe you get your dose of ab exercise equipment at the local gym or fitness club. They typically have a variety of ab exercise equipment at your constant disposal. Regardless of what regimes you prefer, you know that your daily dose of ab workouts are mandatory for maintaining that tight tummy. If you are in need of assistance concerning ab exercise equipment or just simple routines, you can hop online and acquire anything your heart desires. From diet plans, to fitness regimes galore, you will find it all on the World-Wide-Web. Get started today and get those abs you’ve always wanted.

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The Online Pharmacy: Answers to Five Common Questions

The Online Pharmacy: Answers to Five Common Questions

Research has demonstrated that the majority of people with Internet connections use online resources to get information and advice about health concerns, illnesses, and paths to wellness. Although online sources aren’t a substitute for visiting a health care professional, patients who do online research often arrive at their doctor’s appointments armed with knowledge about their conditions and possible treatments. More than ever before, patients are taking an active role in their own health care.

It’s no surprise, then, that the Internet has also paved the way for the online pharmacy. Here are answers to five common questions about the online pharmacy.

1. When is it Appropriate to Use an Online Pharmacy?

Although an online pharmacy isn’t appropriate for emergency medical situations, it can be appropriate for people who need treatment for conditions that do not require a physical examination by a doctor, or for ongoing treatment for existing conditions.

2. What Constitutes a Reliable Online Pharmacy?

In essence, online pharmacies are a new form of medical care in the United States. A reputable online pharmacy will adhere to governmental and legal regulations, and will refer your pharmacy order and questionnaire to a certified, licensed physician. Upon receiving approval for the prescription, the online pharmacy will use trained and licensed pharmacists to fill your order. They will then complete your order using the same high-quality medicines as your local pharmacy.

In addition, a reliable online pharmacy will list all of the medications it carries. For each medicine, it should list the uses for the drug, how it is taken, warnings and precautions, possible side effects, and information about potential drug interactions.

3. What are the Advantages of Using an Online Pharmacy?

There are several advantages to having prescriptions filled online by a licensed pharmacy. For those who have transportation or mobility issues, not having to leave home in order to get prescriptions filled can be a blessing. Those who work during the day may also prefer the convenience of having prescriptions delivered. In addition, many people prefer to use an online pharmacy in order to avoid embarrassment, and like that no prior prescription is needed.

4. What Types of Pharmaceuticals are Available?

While different online pharmacies carry different medications, a good online pharmacy will carry a wide variety of medicine. Prescriptions can be ordered for allergy medications, anti-depressants, anxiety, antibiotics, and arthritis, as well as for pain relief, skin care, and women’s and men’s health issues. Online pharmacies usually carry brand names like Allegra, Paxil, Propecia, Naprosyn, and Zyrtec.

5. What is the Ordering Procedure?

Typically, you first select the medication you need. The online pharmacy site will then take you to a secure page, where you will enter your name, billing address, and shipping address. You will also be asked a series of health-related questions and questions about medications that you are currently taking. Once you submit your order, a doctor will review it. Once it is approved, it will be sent to a licensed pharmacy to fill. The pharmacy will then send it to you via overnight shipment; in essence, it is a FedEx pharmacy.

A legal, online pharmacy with overnight FedEx delivery is a godsend to many people who are taking an active role in their own health care.

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Nutritional Supplements And How They Help Your Health

Nutritional Supplements And How They Help Your Health

From ancient times people have been taking nutritional supplements. They started with natural herbs often home grown which were usually brewed into teas and tonics.

Now they have become more sophisticated and are available in all sorts of pills, capsules, liquids and of course teas of all sorts.

What are nutritional supplements? Nutritional supplements are used to add nutrients to our diets that are missing or not taken in large enough quantities. They are available in pills capsules, liquids and teas. They can be synthetic or from natural sources. They will contain one or more of the following ingredients:

• Vitamins
• Minerals
• Herbs
• Amino acids
• Saccharides

Why do we need nutritional supplements? These supplements are not intended to replace meals but enhance our diets. There are several reasons that we would be taking them:

• Environment: our environment has deteriorated over the years and we are now getting more toxins from the air, the water and even in the foods we eat, than ever before. Our bodies have to work more to protect and rid ourselves of these unwanted substances. Therefore it is wise for us to take nutritional supplements to help our bodies to do this.

• Stress: Stress will cause your body to function less efficiently. This will put your body at risk for a number of things, especially low resistance for disease. Supplements, especially Glyconutrients will help your bodies immune system get stronger and also help your body function better.

• Poor eating habits: Due to busy lifestyles, our ways of growing food and green harvests we are not getting the important nutrients our bodies need to keep us in good health. We often do not even stop to eat proper meals. This makes it necessary for us to take supplements to enhance our diets and add important nutrients to our diets.

• Athletic activities: when we take more exercise then normal our bodies need more nourishment. A professional athlete or even someone doing extra work outs needs more nutrition. Dietary supplements would include, Proteins, minerals, vitamins and saccharides (Glyconutrients).

• Part of a weight loss plan: when you go on a diet to lose weight you will be eating less and running the risk of not getting enough of the essential nutrients in your diet that your body needs. Therefore you would often be taking some nutritional supplements. Some of these substances even claim to help you to lose weight.

How do they improve your health? Different supplements will help you in different ways.

Glyconutrients: The latest nutritional supplements to come on the market are the saccharides. These are known as Glyconutrients. There are 8 of these essential nutrients:

• Mannose
• Glucose
• Galactose
• Xylose
• Fucose (not fructose)
• N-acetylglucosamine
• N-acetylneuramic acid
• N-acetylgalactosamine

These nutrients have only lately been researched with a technology known as Glycobiology. These nutrients have been shown to be vital to our health especially regarding our immune system and the ability of the body to heal itself.

Ambrotose: is a supplement made up of these Glyconutrients. Taking these supplements will help you to feel healthier and enjoy your life to the fullest.

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Weight Loss Products – “Spoilt” For Choice

Weight Loss Products – “Spoilt” For Choice

Over Weight, Obesity and Obsession with weight loss is a global phenomenon. While the severity and percentage of cases differ slightly from one country/region/culture or another, abnormal weight gains can happen to anyone in any region and hence the success and popularity of weight loss products. For e.g. in the United States of America, many millions go on diets, exercise regimen, miracle pills each year and while few succeed in losing weight, very few succeed in keeping the weight off in the long run.

Losing weight and keeping it off requires many considerations. First and foremost you should determine correctly (if required, with medical consultation) about whether you are overweight and if so, by how much. Once you understand that there might be health risks involved you have to start researching and learning about the many weight loss products and options available to you. Weight loss products are available aplenty in the market as it is a very lucrative business with a large client base and a well spread problem.

While researching and narrowing down on weight loss products you have to keep many things in mind. First, it is always better to try out combinations of things rather than put all your eggs in a single basket. For e.g. along with dieting or any other weight loss product, a good exercise regiment can work wonders. This is because it is difficult to stay disciplined in any single weight loss method – say dieting or exercise and secondly the multiple methods can supplement each other nicely and give a better result.

Second, you should be extremely careful and cautious about the claims of weight loss product advertisements. It is always better to take your time, research the product and its claims, or consult a doctor or a known reference who has used the product. Many fad diets, calorie burners, even custom jewelry that is expected to use acupuncture techniques to control pressure points that stimulate hunger are available in the market. Enquire about the health risks involved, the speed of weight loss and whether customers using the weight loss product have been able to keep off their weight in the long run. Also check out about the costs involved including one time costs, recurring costs for visits or supervision, cost of pills, mixtures, special menus etc. It is always better to be safe than be sorry while using the weight loss products.

The best weight loss products that are prescribed and appreciated by both medical professionals and customers are the ones that work slow and easy. The problem with some quick fix weight loss products is that there might be health risks involved in losing weight rapidly and also the weight loss might reverse once you stop using the weight loss product. If your weight does not pose an immediate health risk, go for a combination of good diet consisting of nutritional products and a good mix of fruits, vegetables and low carb diet. Ensure that you take in enough food and calories required to keep you healthy and energized. Start on a slow and easy exercise regime and continue the weight loss program over a substantial period of time.

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5 Super Simple Exercise Tips

5 Super Simple Exercise Tips

With each New Year comes the determination to begin exercising. Perhaps even you made a promise to add more exercise into your day. If your efforts at exercising are not going as well as you had planned, take a look at these tips. They might help get you back on track.

Tip #1 – Do Something You Enjoy

Exercise doesn’t have to mean spending hours at the gym peddling away on a stationary bike. It doesn’t mean you have to spend money on exercise gadgets you will likely never use, either. Anything you do to get your body moving is going to be better than doing nothing. Walking is an easy exercise that you can do just about anywhere, in any climate. Bike riding, dancing, gardening, weight lifting, swimming, playing a favorite sport, house cleaning and even playing in the yard with your children are just some of the ways you can add exercise into your daily routine.

Tip #2 – Schedule Time for Exercise

As you would a meeting or a doctor appointment, sometimes the only way to make time to exercise is to put it on your daily schedule. We’ve all got busy lives and we’re often so busy taking care of others that we never seem to make time for ourselves. Once exercise becomes part of your daily To-Do list, you’re more likely to do it. Some people have only a certain time during the day available for exercise while others will have to vary the time each day. Some people need a nudge and for them, exercising with a friend is a good solution. Choose whichever way works best for you. Just remember to actually go and do it!

Tip #3 – Remember that Exercise Can Energize

Even though you might feel too tired to exercise, give it a try anyway. You might be surprised to find how energized you feel while you’re at it and afterwards, when you’re finished. Exercise is a great stress-reliever too and if you know anything about stress, you know that it is one of the body’s biggest energy-sappers.

Tip #4 – Don’t be Afraid to Mix it up

Like anything that is done over and over again, exercise can become mundane. When you get bored with exercising, you’re less likely to keep at it. To keep from getting bored with your workout routine, change it. If you’re tired of walking, try cycling. If you’re into weight lifting, try alternating this with cardiovascular exercises throughout the week. Go bowling or play a game of tennis once in a while, and if you find you enjoy these types of activities, join up with a team.

Tip #5 – Always Begin by Warming up

Regardless of the type of exercise you choose, it is very important that you begin each session by warming up your muscles. Stretching helps prevent damage to muscle tissue and it gets your blood flowing. It gets your heart pumping, too. Just five minutes is all it takes to get your exercise session off to a good start.

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Sexy Strong Amazing World Female Body Building

Sexy Strong Amazing World Female Body Building

Female body building is growing in popularity world-wide at an amazing rate. The sport, once reserved almost solely for men, has attracted the attention of women who want to take their bodies beyond simple good health and fitness and to push the absolute limits of their abilities to build muscle mass. For many women it is a delicate balancing act: attain substantial muscle growth while retaining their femininity. When talking about competition, the disparity between prize money for women and men is far greater than the disparity in their ability to grow muscle. Despite prizes that are only a fraction of what is available to men in the sport, many women display just as much drive and determination to compete as their male counterparts.

Despite incredible strides and advances in female body building, we all know that women’s bodies are different than men. That means a female who aims to grow her body in the same fashion as a man shouldn’t simply adopt a muscle development plan that is designed for a man. Instead, a woman must take even greater care to educate herself about important subjects like training limits and nutrition before she goes to work on her body. Any female serious about participating in strenous, muscle-building exercise should first consult her doctor to ensure that she is in good health and that her diet is correctly monitored to ensure that her nutritional needs are met.

Despite common thinking to the contrary, among body builders a healthy body image is just as important to both men and women. At one time, it wasn’t uncommon for women to fear that serious female body building could so drastically alter their shapes that they would be indistinguishable from men. While it is quite true that women are physically able to develop impressive muscle mass, a proper workout plan can be created that will ensure that a female can sculpt her body in such a way that she can satisfy her desire to be fit, strong, and sculpted without giving up her desire to retain her feminine qualities.

More than anything, the toughest battles facing women who are committed to hardcore female body building may be the cultural ones. While men are almost universally hailed for bulking up their bodies to levels that might be considered unnecessary, women who test the limits of their muscular development can sometimes be labeled in negative terms. Some segments of society, it seems, may actually be threatened by female body building and the image of a strong woman. This is an unfortunate situation. While some people may not appreciate the incredible level of commitment required to transform a woman’s body, the image of strength — be it a male or female image — should be admired.

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Yoga: Stress Management From The Hindus

Yoga: Stress Management From The Hindus

A lot of people turn to Yoga for several reasons, whether to cope with life’s ups and downs, enjoyment, or stress management. Yoga is a very good practice to relieve your stress. It offers relaxation, proper breathing exercises, and different kinds of positions for flexibility.

The techniques and practices of Yoga can help in relieving the physical and psychological negative effects from stress. Yoga can cause positive effect to the nervous system and aid in lowering blood pressure and heartbeat.

Knowing The Enemy And Understanding The Body

Before starting to practice Yoga, you must first be aware of the stressful stimuli to determine what you are fighting. Understanding the enemy is a vital factor in combat and in understanding the factors that caused your stress can aid you decide on how it needs to be engaged.

Yoga enables and allows you to control the natural and instant reactions to the cause of stress. This will soon lead to a situation wherein no matter what challenges you encounter; you will be able to remain calm, composed and be capable of battling the situation with a level head.

The practice of yoga includes different body postures, slow stretching movements, and breathing exercises that can lead to relaxation and deep contemplation. These techniques are designed for the purpose of higher awareness of what is happening to you when you are stressed. You can develop a deeper understanding of the body by paying attention to each and every part.

Who, Where, What And How

Even children experience stress but it is not advisable to introduce children younger than 7 or 8 to yoga. Bodies of young children are still developing and they should never be forced to yoga as it can damage their spine and other joints. There is also no upper age limit and you can never be too old to learn yoga.

Yoga practices can be done anywhere. Beginners are advised to attend as much classes as possible to benefit advice from teachers. There are several gyms that offer yoga practices. Although if you think you are ready to do basic yoga practices at home, you must first gather some of the basic equipments to do so.

Yoga mats provide cushioning and traction. Many of these mats are made from synthetic materials, although there are natural rubber mats available. Yoga mats can cost as little as $20 and it is nice to have one since mats offered from some yoga studios can get a bit dirty.

Another versatile yoga prop is the yoga blanket, which can be sat upon to elevate hips above the knees in seated positions and can keep you warm during last relaxation. The yoga blocks are great for standing poses in which one hand is on the floor.

The yoga straps, also called yoga belts are helpful for bound postures if your hands cannot reach each other. They are also useful for positions that require you to cling onto your feet but cannot grasp them.

Additionally, you can learn yoga poses from videos and DVDs available for purchase.

Yoga Compared With Other Stress Reduction Methods

Compared to other stress reduction methods, like taking pills or herbs, yoga requires commitment and effort. Yoga combines several techniques used for stress reduction. The practice of yoga can be said to give the combined benefits of breathing and stretching exercises, fitness regimen, meditation, and directed imagery in a single technique.

But if you think you are one of those with great physical restrictions, simple meditation, breathing work outs and directed imagery might be a more preferable alternative but can still provide the same benefits.

Yoga techniques work at an individual and collective level to endure that there is significant relief from the condition of extreme stress.

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Before Buying Home Fitness Equipment

Before Buying Home Fitness Equipment

Going to the gym and participating in a regular exercise activity is a great way to stay fit and healthy. However, in some situations, a regular commute to the gym is not convenient. And since staying fit and healthy has always been your desire, you may already have considered building a gym at home. But before shopping for home fitness equipment, ask your self, "Are you ready to invest on such things?"

Money has always been a significant factor when building your own home gym. A good treadmill can cost up to $3000 and buying one can really put some pressure to your financial standing. So as outrageous as it may sound, you need know if you can afford it or not. (Do not forget to include all the added cost like shipping and installation.)

For some, buying expensive equipment will oblige them to use it. While the cost can be a motivating factor to stay fit, this doesn’t happen in real life. In fact, it is estimated that 80% of home fitness equipment is not used after the first year – and the majority of people who belong to this statistics are beginners. That said, if you are planning to jump start the interest in exercising at home, you are more likely to stop using the equipment you bought without even getting your money’s worth.

You have to identify what exactly is your goal. Are you going to build muscles? Improve cardiovascular fitness? Or increase flexibility? Your goal determines the type of equipment that you have to buy. Also, select between new and used exercise equipment. Both have advantages and disadvantages (the most notable is the price; used exercise equipment can save you as much as 70%, than brand new.)

Set a budget and limit your selection to the things you can afford. Home gym equipment doesn’t have to be so expensive. You can start with exercise ball and dumbbells. A good pair of walking shoes is a way to start.

Another factor that is always overlooked is the amount of space available for the equipment. Having a treadmill is cool, but do you know where are you going to put it? Will your spouse love to climb over your elliptical machine just to get into the bed? Or will you still be using your treadmill in your garage even if it is 10 degrees below? Such things matter so think before you buy.

Do not fall prey to people that offer different types of equipment that promise amazing results in a very short time. Just think about it, if you can get 6-pack abs by using a certain machine for 3 minutes a day, 3 times a week, then how much more if you do not use any machine at all? The rule of thumb is, if it sounds too good to be true, then it is.

Finally, you have to shop around. Do not feel obliged to buy on the first store you enter just because you like the way the sales person talks. The best buys are found when you look at different stores, compare prices and do thorough research. When at a store, test the machines. If you do not belong to a gym, let someone test it. Do not forget online stores and discount shops.

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Keeping The Advantage

Keeping The Advantage

As a participation sport tennis has always offered a lot of advantages to the common player. You can play tennis at almost any level, the equipment is not expensive, and you don’t need costly fees or appointments to get on a court.

However, while tennis may be popular with the common person, professional tennis televised and sponsored is quickly losing ground as a sport to be watched and enjoyed in a world where we have over 360 channels and still complain there’s nothing to watch. The classic grace and style of tennis finds many audiences lacking interest. While it’s fun to participate on the court, watching tennis poses significant problems for a fast-paced video age. There are three things that cause tennis to be losing its status as a primary sport and challenge tennis to admit and overcome these issues.

It’s dull

The world of professional tennis has certainly seen its colorful characters, from Bjorn Borg’s on court fits to Jimmy Connors celebrating and running around the court inspiring audiences to cheer for him. Men’s tennis was at one time a lively and unpredictable sport. However, the focus in tennis has shifted from personalities to professionalism and from antics to athletes. Professional tennis players such as Pete Sampras and Roger Federer are not only known for their amazing feats of skill with the racket, but for their overall dull demeanor. Focused, practiced and trained the athletes of tennis bring little individuality or characterization to the game. In a controversial move a tournament in Spain hired models to work as ball girls during one of the main tennis events, admitting that men’s tennis has become dull and unattractive. The founders of the event thought the ball models would add delight and even a little wanted distraction from the game in hand.

It’s long

While many small individual tournaments can be played over a weekend, few people but tennis enthusiasts get very involved in them. If you asked somebody outside of the tennis elite where the Virginia Slims competition is, they probably could not tell you where it’s located or what times it occurs. You find populist fans most often at the grand slams: Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Unfortunately following any of these grand slams takes a consistent amount of time and availability because they take over two weeks to play out. Depending on where they are in the world, games occur at various times at night and are often rebroadcast during prime time. It’s only when you get towards the semifinals and playoffs that the major audience picks up. Media executives and tennis officials have been working for years on the problem of creating a sustainable interest in grand slam events and drawing attention to a tennis premier event.

Favors tradition over innovation

Unlike NASCAR, which unveiled its "car of tomorrow" and provides innovations in every season or the NBA, who provides new stars with the new controversies almost every week, new things don’t really happen in tennis. It takes a long time for an entering player to climb up to the professional level where they can receive attention, and the basic equipment of the game: the racket, the ball, and the court have been the same for decades. Minor changes in rules, spacing and traditions have occurred. But other than women adopting the Western grip or the controversy involving Monica Seles’ very loud volley returns, nothing new has happened in this sport in some time. While there is something of a gentle beauty and grace about the traditions of tennis, a sport known for its strategy over its ruthlessness, the lack of innovation has led to a pall in its overall popularity.

Tennis has something to offer anyone who wants to play or watch, but they must overcome these challenges to keep the game alive.