At The Fields at Arbor Glen, we’ve experienced firsthand how an active lifestyle can help seniors look and feel their best – and there’s plenty of science to back it up. But staying active is easiest when the activity is something you enjoy. That’s part of what makes pickleball such a great option. Not only does it get you moving, it’s also loads of fun! And that’s just the beginning. Read on for four more reasons why pickleball is the perfect sport for seniors.
It’s Easy to Learn
Like tennis, pickleball is played on a court with a net separating the two sides. But instead of a stringed racket and tennis ball, it’s played with a paddle and lightweight plastic ball. The the court is much smaller too. These factors make it much easier for players to reach the ball and hit it back. Plus, the rules are simple for anyone to learn quickly.
It’s Enjoyable for All Skill-Levels
The same qualities that make pickleball easy to play also make it accessible for people of all athletic abilities. Beginners will appreciate not having to learn a lot before getting started, while more advanced players will find the sport can be as intense as they want. The faster players hit the ball and the more they volley – hit the ball back without letting it bounce – the more speed, skill, and strategy needed to accurately return the ball and score a point.
It’s a Great Workout
Pickleball’s combination of leg, body, and arm movements make it an excellent aerobic workout that creates less stress and strain on muscles and joints than other sports. It’s also good for the brain, challenging you to think quickly and build good hand-eye coordination.
While it’s similar to a tennis court, a pickleball court is smaller, placing players much closer to both their teammate (if playing doubles) and their opponent. This makes it easier to socialize – whether you’re coordinating your shots, enjoying friendly banter, or razzing the other team.
There are a number of reasons why staying active is great for the senior mind, body, and soul, and pickleball checks all the boxes! This fun and engaging sport is more popular than ever, and many cities have a variety of ways to get involved, from senior centers to fitness clubs. We encourage residents to continue learning and be active in a variety of ways. In addition to the four pickleball courts in the center of our community, we also have bocce ball courts, walking and bike trails, plus an indoor fitness center with a variety of exercise equipment. Come see how an active lifestyle can improve your overall health while having fun and making new friends at The Fields!