Pickleball has taken the USA by storm and is now America’s fastest growing sport. It’s made its way over to the UK now though although not as many people play it here, yet.
Here at Pickleball Social, we’re looking to put that right and if you need a little persuading then here are some of the top benefits to playing pickleball.
Pickleball has great health benefits
Pickleball is an aerobic activity and it’s estimated that you can burn up to 600 calories per hour! As players usually play doubles it can be perfect for those who want a more gentle way to get into sport.
Of course you can play singles which really get’s a good heart rate going and a good sweat on.
Pickleball is a social sport
This is usually the top reason why people love Pickleball – the social aspect. You get to meet lots of new people and make new friends. Also because it is easier to play than tennis there is less snobbery with pickleball! You usually play doubles to so you speak with your partner and the other pair.
Pickleball is a Low Impact Sport
Unlike some high-impact sports, pickleball is gentle on the joints due to its smaller court size and that you usuall play doubles. This makes it a great option for people of all ages, including older people those who may have joint issues or are recovering from injuries.
Easy to Learn
Pickleball has relatively simple rules and techniques, making it easy for beginners to pick up the basics quickly. This accessibility encourages more people to participate and enjoy the sport. I’ve had total beginners able to have a rally during the first lesson.
A Game for All Ages
Pickleball appeals to a wide range of age groups, from young children to senior citizens. Infact, this is the very reason why pickleball was invented. This makes it an ideal activity for families to engage in together, bridging generational gaps and promoting intergenerational bonding. The fact that mother, daughter, grandfather and grandchild can all play makes it pretty unique.
The game’s strategic elements and quick decision-making help to keep players mentally engaged. It can improve cognitive functions such as reaction time, problem-solving skills, and tactical thinking.
Play Pickleball Indoors or Outdoors
Pickleball is often played outdoors, allowing players to enjoy fresh air and sunshine while engaging in physical activity. This can have positive effects on mood and mental well-being. Although during winter it can be played indoors too if the weather is bad, making it a very versatile sport to play.
Flexibility and Balance: The lateral movements and quick changes in direction required in pickleball can enhance your balance and flexibility over time. This can be especially beneficial for older adults looking to maintain or improve their physical capabilities.
Calorie Burning: Pickleball can help with weight management by burning calories through its combination of aerobic exercise and bursts of intensity during rallies.
Community Engagement: Many communities have pickleball courts, and participating in local games and events can help you connect with your neighbors and strengthen community bonds.
Adaptable Intensity: Whether you’re looking for a casual social game or a more competitive challenge, pickleball can be adjusted to match your preferred level of intensity.
Improved Reflexes: The fast-paced nature of pickleball helps to enhance your reflexes and hand-eye coordination, which can have positive effects on other activities as well.
In summary, pickleball is a versatile sport that offers a wide range of physical, social, and cognitive benefits. Its accessibility and adaptability make it a great option for people of all ages and fitness levels.