5 Ways Pickleball Improves Your Life
By Kia Zarezadeh
1. Lower Blood Pressure
Moving your legs and swinging at the ball raises your heart rate, creating a cardiovascular workout that strengthens your heart.
When your heart is strong, it doesn’t need to work as hard to pump blood through your arteries. And that lowers your blood pressure.
Lower blood pressure means less risk of heart attack, heart disease, congestive heart failure and stroke. Who knew playing a game could save your life?
2. Burn Body Fat
A casual game of pickleball can burn 250 calories in 30 minutes if you weigh 150 pounds. An intense game burns 360 calories in the same amount of time.
What does that mean? Well, a pound of fat is 3,600 calories. So 14 games of pickleball while maintaining your current diet would cut a pound of fat from your body.
Plus, the muscle you build takes more calories to maintain when you’re at rest. And that means more calories burned when you’re off the court.
3. Improve Balance
Navigating the pickleball court to intercept shots and deliver winning volleys takes diverse movement.
In many activities, such as running and walking, you only move forward. But pickleball players move forward, backward and laterally. Shifting your weight in so many directions trains your body to have better balance. Plus, using your arms and legs together boost your coordination, which is another major factor in avoiding falls.
4. Shorten Reaction Time
Whether you’re driving, cycling or just going for a stroll, the time you take to react to surprises can mean the difference between injury and safety.
Pickleball trains your mind and body to react: “Which way is the ball going? How fast is it going? Where is it? How can I get there?”
The more you play, the quicker you can react. And pickleball drills designed to improve your on-court performance can help with everyday life.
5. Make Friends
Pickleball is a social sport, and most players are older adults. That means each game is a chance to make new friends or bond more closely with old ones.
Those friends can motivate you to play when you’re feeling a little lazy, and the game can serve as a great pre-lunch activity or after-work entertainment.
~Lessons for beginners Fridays 10:30 – 12:30 as well as open play courts.
PICKLEBALL CLINICS and COACHING
by Margo Chase-Wells
CT Pickleball ambassador 4.5 rated player
Nationally ranked #4 in doubles, #5 in singles
First Wednesdays of the month 6:30 – 8
Rocky Hill Tennis Club 1000 Elm St.
Sign up required
or call/text at 860-301-2403
MAXIMUM 12 PLAYERS $15
- Deep groundstrokes / return of serve placement
- Backhand practice
- Dink practice and placement
- Incorporating “third-shot-soft” into your game
- Service depth and variety
- The use of the lob / topspin lob
- How to handle a “banger”
- Court positioning in doubles
- Body position and footwork
- Removing the pace off a ball / “resetting” to the dink game
- How to prepare for a tournament
These clinics are generally geared to the competitive player, but if I get enough recreational club players I can dedicate 1 court to them.
When you sign up, please specify whether you are a competitive tournament-bound player, or club level player.