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Friday, December 4, 2015

Pickleball for your Health

There are plenty of reasons to play pickleball - fun and camaraderie among them.  But let's never forget the health benefits.

In September 2014, an online blog ( included the following:

"Most who give pickleball a try find it addictive and challenging. It also provides plenty of exercise, burning about 250 calories in 30 minutes for casual play if you weigh 150 pounds, 335 calories if you weigh 200 pounds. If you play more aggressively, then you can burn approximately 360 calories in 30 minutes if you weigh 150 pounds, 475 calories in if you weigh 200 pounds. Pickleball works most of your muscle groups at the same time and improves your balance, dexterity, mobility and agility. It’s great for interval training with its quick bursts of activity and intermittent resting. Pickleball also helps with speed, overall fitness, discipline, social skills, and even sportsmanship. What a fun way to stay fit!"

Another blog ( included the following:

Pickleball, a Great Cardio Workout
It’s important at any age to keep your health in tip-top shape. Along with eating right, getting enough sleep and keeping your stress low, another important element of wellbeing is physical exercise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults get 150 minutes of moderate activity per week or 75 minutes of intense activity per week.

A great way to keep your body healthy is to play everyone’s favorite sport- pickleball!

Pickleball is the perfect combination of cardio and hand-eye coordination training. It’s flexible to anyone’s fitness abilities and can be as leisurely or fast-paced as you desire.

Want an intensified cardio workout? Play a singles match! Although a pickleball court is smaller than a tennis court, you’ll still get a challenging workout as you run sideline to sideline. If you’re looking for a more mild form of exercise, grab three friends and play doubles. With a partner, you only have to cover half the court!

You can also choose the pace of the game by adapting the delivery of the ball. Instead of playing with the goal to beat your partner, try to see how many hits you can get in a row. This changes the focus of the game to a cooperative challenge.

Pickleball doesn’t only tone your muscles- it also sharpens your mind!

Thanks to the design of the ball, a plastic whiffle ball, it’s difficult to predict where the ball will go. Watching the ball requires focused attention to the game, which in turn keeps the mind alert and stimulated. The Institute for the Study of Aging reports that, “Remaining socially engaged, continuing life-long learning, and engaging in activities… stimulate the brain, build cognitive reserve, and promote cognitive vitality” (ISOA, 2005, p. 12).

Pickleball may have a funny name, but its’ health benefits are nothing to laugh at. With the possibility of improving both your body and your mind, pickleball is a game that anyone can play for a lifetime of fun and health.

Finally, another website ( promotes the "Pickleball Mile" and includes the following:

What is a Pickleball Mile?

A Pickleball Mile is not about an exact measure of distance.

​A Pickleball Mile is an attitude. It is an attitude that says I am going to take control of my life and most importantly I'm going to take control of my health. It is all about having fun, but having fun with a purpose in mind. To live healthy.

After months of gathering very unscientific measurements using FitBits, Nike Fuel Bands and numerous pedometers, we have determined that an average game of pickleball requires you to move approximately 600 - 700 steps. With that in mind, it then takes about 4 games of pickleball to cover the distance of one mile.

So for Pickleball Mile Club members, to say that you did your Pickleball Mile, you must have played four or more games of pickleball in the same day. Make sure to mark it down on your tracking sheet

And if you did your Pickleball Mile, you have taken a great step towards a longer, 
healthier life. Shout it out. "I did my pickleball mile today!!!"

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