On July 11, 2023

Pickleball for Seniors: Enjoyment and Physical Health

There are several reasons why pickleball is exploding in popularity around the country, and one of these is how easy it is for people of all ages to take part in and enjoy it. One particular group that’s worth highlighting here: Seniors and older adults, many of whom are drawn to pickleball for its combination of fun and activity/health benefits.

At Courts Unlimited, we’re here to offer both residential and commercial pickleball court options to fit any need around Utah, including for older people looking for a great form of activity. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over some of the major benefits that seniors get from pickleball, whether in the health realm, the enjoyment realm or any other key area.

Decreasing Heart Disease Risks

For some older adults, pickleball can be a great way to stay physically active and burn calories, which is essential for maintaining health. This is especially true when it comes to cardiac-related risks, as heart disease remains one of the most common issues that seniors struggle with in our society today.

Studies have shown that playing pickleball on a regular basis – typically at least once a week – can help decrease the risk of death and cardiovascular-related diseases. Since it’s not an overly strenuous activity, pickleball is great for older players who may have physical limitations or who are otherwise looking to stay active in a low-impact way.

It’s Easy  – and Fun!

Not only does pickleball bring along a range of health benefits, but – as the name implies – it’s just plain fun. Structured in much the same ways as tennis and badminton, the game of pickleball offers plenty of fast-paced action and entertaining competition for players of all ages.

Because it doesn’t require extensive physical ability to play, it’s also an ideal activity for older adults who may not have the same level of physical ability that they once did. All you need is a paddle, a ball and a court (which Courts Unlimited can provide) – and you’re good to go!

Lowering Depression Risks

Due to the combination of exercise and enjoyment that comes along with playing pickleball, some studies have shown it to be an effective way of lowering depression risks in senior citizens. Not only does the game offer a great way to stay active and healthy, but it also provides a socially interactive environment where players can benefit from connecting with one another. That’s on top of the fun competition and challenging physical activity that comes with the game.

All in all, pickleball provides an ideal way for seniors to stay healthy and active – while having plenty of fun doing it. In part two of our series, we’ll go over some further benefits of pickleball for older adults.

To learn more about providing a court for yourself or your elderly loved ones, be sure to contact Courts Unlimited today! We offer both residential and commercial solutions in Utah, and we’re happy to assist you with any build.