Benefits of Pickleball
There are countless benefits to playing pickleball. Engaging in the fun sport can heal mind, body, and spirit. Here are but a few of the many ways that pickleball can impact an individual.
Pickleball and the strategy involved in gameplay helps improve brain development. It increases blood flow, enhances cerebellum function from the use of increased footwork and hand-eye coordination. It can increase the hippocampus which is used to form and store memories. Additionally, because it increases neurotransmitters in the brain, exercises like pickleball have been known to stave off depression and increase overall mental health.
Participating in activities such as pickleball boosts endorphins. Mood enhancing endorphins like serotonin can help reduce stress and make you feel better. Playing pickleball can make you happy!
Pickleball is an addictive fun sport that people can often play for hours at a time. Calories are quickly burned which can lead to weight loss, decreased blood pressure, and increased bone density.
Low Impact Sport
Pickleball is a low-impact sport that is easy on the joints. Forgiving on knees, elbows and ankles, pickleball allows for movement and exercise without the high impact on joints.
Because of the nature of the game, pickleball is a great way to meet new people. In doubles, you’re constantly playing with new people, creating new bonds, engaging in friendly banter, competition, and comradery. This social interaction has been known to stave off depression and anxiety.
Pickleball gets your heart rate going and the blood pumping. Studies have found that the cardio exercise involved in pickleball can help reduce chances of heart disease and can also help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
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It's always important to start each pickleball session with a full body warm-up routine that involves dynamic stretching to get the heart rate going and to loosen up joints and muscles.
Wear sturdy court shoes.
Always bring water.
When outdoors, try to always use skin protection such as SPF sunscreen or hat.
Safety eyewear or sunglasses strongly recommended.