This post explains why playing Pickleball is so popular for fitness. Pickleball is a new and fast growing sport that utilizes tennis, badminton and table tennis skills. It's for all ages.
What is it?
It's a game played on a smaller court than tennis. It's actually the same size as a badminton court. Paddles are used. The ball is a perforated plastic ball. You can play indoor or outdoor. It's gaining popularity because it's less of a learning curve then tennis, but you receive many of the same fitness benefits associated with tennis. It's scored differently then tennis, and an underhand serve is used.
The game consists of doubles and singles. Most people play doubles, but for those of you who want a bigger challenge you can play singles. The game has a social aspect that is very engaging.
One reason it is popular is because just about anyone can learn to play. It doesn't require a great fitness level to play, but if you play on a regular basis... I guarantee you will improve your fitness level. When you are having fun with a group of people, time passes, and before you know it you've burned a lot of calories.
It's a great sport for aging adults because it isn't as hard on the joints as many other sports, and it's low impact.
The many health Benefits
Contrary to popular belief, getting older by itself doesn't equal weakness and loss of balance; The strongest indicator is inactivity as we get older. Physical activity protects against the high blood pressure and Diabetes...and likely, many other chronic conditions.
Nobody wants to spent the last decades of their life with chronic illness. You can maintain joint and bone health through regular exercise. Sports like Pickleball improve your hand-eye coordination and reaction time. You can find out more at https:www.pickleballportal.com. If you really want to see how the game is played check the videos on U Tube.
*New studies by Scientists have discovered that exercise if done regularly, can improve cognitive functioning.
Make sure you start slowly. It is recommended that you start with 30 min sessions, if you haven't been active for a while. You will feel tired for the first little while until your body adopts.
The British Journal of Medicine says that many studies on long term health have been done on tennis players. Pickleball has similar benefits, if you play at least three times per week.
How to stay injury Free
Wear the right shoes, not running shoes unless they are very flat. Many running shoes have elevated heels and you can injure an ankle. Court shoes are specifically made for side to side movement. Your shoes are the most important piece of equipment.
Never run backwards to get a ball, bad things can happen. Instead, run forwards and then turn toward the ball.
Always warm up properly and stretch before and after play, especially the hips and knee area. Try doing some yoga stretches.
Try to avoid playing on a very windy day, I pulled out my back the other day after just 20 mins in the wind. It's just not worth it!
It's good to wear eye protection, there have been cases where people have lost an eye.
No matter what your age, you can play Pickleball and improve your over all fitness and coordination. If you have old injuries take precautions. Joining a club will insure that you get proper coaching tips and have lots of fun doing it.