What do you picture when you think of staying active into your golden years? Repetitive treadmill jogging? Grainy Jane Fonda video tapes? Some seniors struggle with getting the necessary physical activity they need to live their best and healthiest lives, in part because exercise can be boring. At Prime Independent Living, we understand, and we’ve found a remedy. Ever heard of Pickleball? It’s the country’s fastest growing sport for seniors and it’s anything but dull!
Pickleball is best described as a cross between tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Played in a space that’s about one-third the size of a tennis court, “picklers” often pair up for doubles (two on each team), though the game can also be played by singles. Each participant uses a paddle, and the ball resembles a wiffle ball. A match typically lasts around 10 to 20 minutes and ends when one team has reached 11 points.
Why is Pickleball such a popular sport for seniors? For starters, the court is the perfect size to encourage movement—without requiring players to sprint long distances. That cardio does wonders for your health (and your mood). According to MUSC Health, light aerobic workout is known to prevent hypertension, strokes, and heart attacks. As an added benefit, the proximity to other players allows for plenty of conversation. Pickleball is the perfect sport for combining physical engagement with the fun of a social get-together.
The size of the court coupled with the lightness of the ball lends to less vigorous play. Rather than running after a quick-flying, heavier ball, Pickleball keeps things moving but in a much more controlled manner. In addition, the lightweight paddles are much easier on your joints. Picklers often comment on how enjoyable they find the game as a result. You don’t need to be a world-class athlete to excel at this game. Just grab a paddle, bring a friend, and make exercise fun again!
Prime Independent Living’s West Knoxville location will have Pickleball courts for our residents to enjoy, and we hope to see you there. Contact us today to learn how you can reserve your apartment in our active independent living community.