Why You Should Pick Up Pickleball This Summer

As you get older, it’s important to stay active. But finding a workout that’s both fun and challenging can be tough. And let’s be honest. Some of us are allergic to the word “exercise.” So how do we stay active, get fit and have fun when we just don’t have the passion it takes to go for a swim or hit the exercise room? Pickleball for seniors.

Is pickleball good exercise? You bet your backhand it is! We realize not everyone knows what pickleball is, even though it is one of the fastest growing sports around. Quite simply, pickleball is a paddle sport that combines the best elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. But is pickleball good for seniors? Yes. In fact, it’s a great way to get your heart rate up, improve your balance and coordination, and have fun all at the same time.

Here are just a few of the benefits of pickleball:

If you’re a senior who’s looking for a fun and active way to stay healthy, pickleball just may be the answer.

  • It’s low impact.
    What makes pickleball good for seniors is its low-impact game play. It’s not as fast-paced as tennis, so it’s easier on your joints (we like to be good to our joints around here). Even if you have arthritis or other health issues, you can still enjoy the game.
  • It’s fun.
    Like to laugh at yourself and your friends? Grab a paddle and get on the court. You’ll soon forget all about the fact that this is a sport and that you’re getting a good workout in. You know what they say. Laughter is good for you, too.
  • It’s social.
    Sure, pickleball is good exercise, but It’s more than that. This is a social sport. Many pickleball courts even have designated times for singles and doubles matches. This is a great way to meet new people and make friends.
  • It gets you outdoors into the sunlight.
    Another benefit of pickleball is that it gets you outside and into the sunlight where your body can get a jolt of healthy vitamin D levels. Not only that, but you’ll enjoy a bit of fresh air as you enjoy your work out (if you can even call it that when you’re having so much fun).

Some tips for seniors interested in pickleball:

Pickleball is a great way for seniors to stay active, have fun and meet new people. If you’re looking for a way to get started, we humbly offer a few suggestions.

  • Take a lesson.
    If you’re new to pickleball, it’s a good idea to take a lesson from a qualified instructor. This will teach you the basics of the game and help you improve your skills.
  • Find a nearby court.
    There are pickleball courts in many communities, including ours (more on that in a moment). Find a court nearby and go check out a match.
  • Join a club.
    There are many pickleball clubs that offer organized play and social events. Joining one is a great way to get started while meeting new people.

Introducing Friendship Village Tempe’s Rooftop Pickleball Courts.

Friendship Village Tempe is not your typical retirement community. Residents here embrace each other’s individuality and live for fun. That includes matches with fellow residents on our new rooftop pickleball courts. It’s all part of a culture where residents make it their business to create good times for themselves and others.

If you’re looking for a fun and active lifestyle, check out everything Friendship Village Tempe has to offer. You can even take a virtual tour. But if you really want to see what life is like here, come check it out for yourself!