Top 5 Health Benefits of Pickleball
June 02, 2023
Over the past couple of years, pickleball has become the fastest-growing sport among people of all ages.
It’s a combination of tennis, ping-pong and badminton that originated in 1965. This sport can be played indoors or outdoors on a pickleball court where two players (singles) or four (doubles) hit a perforated hollow plastic ball over a 36-inch-high net using solid-faced paddles. A pickleball court is the same size as a double’s badminton court and measures 20×44 feet.
Pickleball is a fun, low-impact game that keeps people healthy and active. Kaitlyn Jacobson, Physician Assistant at Renown Urgent Care – Ryland, plays pickleball herself and is a big fan of the sport. Here she shares the top five health benefits of playing pickleball.
1. Improves balance, hand-eye coordination and flexibility.
Hitting and receiving the ball can help improve your hand-eye coordination and balance. It helps your mind stay sharp, supports cognitive function and builds footwork skills. Moving your whole body during the game allows your joints to stay flexible.
2. Improves heart health
Pickleball is a great form of cardiovascular exercise that helps get your heart rate up. It can lead to better cholesterol and blood pressure levels, lowering your risk of heart disease.
3. Prevents osteoporosis
Since pickleball is a low-impact sport and easy on the body, it’s a great way to get movement in and maintain healthy bones, joints and muscles. By playing pickleball, you’ll reduce the rate of bone loss and help conserve bone tissue.
4. Boosts mood and mental health
Playing pickleball with others helps stimulate your brain while releasing endorphins. This can reduce anxiety, depression and stress, allowing you to elevate your mind and mental health.
5. Social connections
Pickleball can help you meet new friends and stay socially engaged by having fun, laughing and making connections. Regular participation reduces isolation and improves your emotional health and well-being.