Pickleball is Good for Your Health

by Tammy Sherrill, Espire Sports

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in our country right now.

It is a sport combining elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It is played on a badminton-sized court with a net slightly lower than that used in tennis. Players use a solid paddle to hit a wiffle ball over the net. The game can be played as singles or doubles.

Pickleball is a relatively new sport that originated in the United States in the 1960s and has since gained popularity worldwide. It is known for being easy to learn, fun to play and suitable for players of all ages and skill levels.

It is a fun and fast-paced sport offering a range of health benefits. It is a low-impact sport that is easy on the joints, making it suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. It benefits:

  • Cardiovascular health: The back-and-forth nature of the game improves cardiovascular endurance and coordination. Playing pickleball also can help increase lung capacity, lower blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health.
  • Weight loss: Pickleball is a great way to burn calories and lose weight. According to the American Council on Exercise, a person who weighs 155 pounds can burn around 300 calories in an hour of playing pickleball.
  • Improved muscle tone: Pickleball requires a lot of movement, which can help to improve muscle tone in the legs, arms and core.
  • Increased flexibility and balance: Pickleball requires players to move in all directions and to be able to change direction quickly. This can help to improve flexibility and balance.
  • Mental health: Pickleball is a social sport often played in groups. It provides an opportunity to meet new people and improve social connections, which can have a positive impact on mental health.
  • Low-impact: Pickleball is a low-impact sport, which means it puts less stress on your joints than such other sports as tennis or basketball. This makes it a great option for people who have joint problems or are recovering from an injury.

Overall, pickleball is a fun, engaging and healthy sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. With its low-impact nature and its ability to improve cardiovascular health, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and mental health, pickleball is a great way to stay active and healthy.