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Learn How To Play Pickleball And Become Active Once Again As A Senior

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Exercise, diet, social interaction, and mental stimulation: these four things are fundamental for health at any age. As we become more mature, though, the cares of life tend to choke out these important pillars of health. Work and fatigue reduce exercise. Diet is impacted by emotion as well as convenience—”fast food” is easier. Social ties erode, and the mind wanes.

If you don’t keep a close network of friends around you as you age, there’s a high likelihood you’ll implode into yourself, finding a routine that is lackluster and unhealthy; perhaps involving sedentary hours in front of the computer or television. The mind isn’t stimulated as much as one might expect by things like TV. In fact, it’s put in a sort of hypnotic trance.

Unless you’re doing thought-intensive things on the computer, like writing, or designing graphical displays, you’re likely in a state of reduced mental stimulation. You’re certainly not getting “real” social interaction, you’re not exercising, and even if you’re just eating fruits and vegetables in front of the flickering screen, lack of activity may diminish nutritional absorption.

So you want to remain active, social, stimulate your mind, and eat right. The social activity involved with mental stimulation and exercise can make it so your body more efficiently absorbs nutrients, but many seniors struggle with finding an appropriate athletic pastime. Pickleball is one of the best options for many seniors; we’ll explore more here.

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First: How Does Pickleball Work?

Pickleball is a lot like other sports featuring paddles, balls, and nets. Essentially, the big difference which throws some has to do with the “double bounce” rule. The server and the receiver must allow the ball to bounce once. So the server bounces the ball over the net, the opponent allows a bounce, and then the volley begins.

The really big thing that makes pickleball good for seniors is the no-volley zone that stretches seven feet from the net on either side of the court. This no-volley zone prevents “spiking”, and keeps players from hurting themselves chasing after “extreme” plays that could pull a muscle in sensitive areas. From there, whoever is serving keeps doing so until he or she “faults”.

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Particulars Of Pickleball: Court Size, Paddles, Balls, Etc.

The ball used in pickleball is perforated with holes. It’s like a wiffle ball but has a little more weight and heft to it. You can follow this site to get an in-depth look at pickleball court dimensions. In a nutshell, if you’ve got a badminton court, you can play pickleball. The traditional dimensions are twenty by forty-four feet. So twenty feet wide, forty-four long.

Doubles, Tournaments, And Impromptu Matches

Like in sports such as tennis or badminton, pickleball allows players to have groups. You can have a “team” of two on either side, switching off between those who serve. Tournaments can be played when there are lots of people with a hankering for pickleball. Friendly rivalries can be entertained. Also, since the court size is small, pickleball matches can use most nets.

A badminton net works fine for pickleball. So does a tennis net; though the court size is a bit larger. A lot of tennis courts actually have boundaries drawn for different paddle games. You’ll commonly see boundaries for pickleball, which makes things easier. That said, it’s no big deal to define your own boundaries in an area with a net and enough space.

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Some like to think of pickleball as the mature player’s tennis. It’s much the same in terms of exercise without being as dangerous owing to the no-volley zone, the double-bounce rule, and the match scoring. This wasn’t mentioned earlier, but it’s worth putting in here: matches go to 11 points. That means they don’t have to be exceptionally long.

Something many seniors contend with is a reduction in energy. That means they can go hard briefly, but soon find they’re not able to keep at it. Well, in a small tournament of pickleball, it’s easy to cycle teams out; and matches tend to go quicker. That allows for the maximum of physical exertion among seniors with a minimum of negative impact.

Finding An Activity That’s Healthy And Stimulating

Different seniors have different preferences when it comes to sporting activities and exercise in general. Some prefer to hike, some prefer to swim, some prefer boating, or jogging—there are even seniors who are into bodybuilding; though they’re certainly in the minority. Pickleball represents a sporting opportunity that’s more tangible, safe, and fun than many others.

With pickleball there’s a social element, the mind is engaged in the sport, you’re exercising, and you’re bound to work up an appetite while positively stimulating your digestive system owing to physical exertion. If you’re struggling with being active as a senior, pickleball can be a gentle, straightforward, fun, easy way of getting back into the swing of things.

 

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Derek Lotts is a Sydney based writer and researcher, a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator blog. He writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and business. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.

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How to Pick the Right Sport for You

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Everyone knows that playing sports is good for you. Not only that they help you get rid of all the negativity surrounding you but they do a great deal to improve your health, as well.

However, sometimes it can be really hard to decide which sport to start practicing. There are surely so many of them that you love watching but they seem so hard to play them yourself, right? Don’t worry as things aren’t always as they seem.

We have all the details you need regarding this matter. So stay put and listen to what we have to present here.

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Go for the Sport You Love

Stop for a while and think. There must be at least one sport that you really love and you think you’ll enjoy. For example, it can be a sport you follow on sites like ESPN, Ufabet, CBS Sports, and similar. The most important thing is to really want to practice it in order to be successful at it.

If you can’t wait to go to the gym to exercise or if you are completely in love with the specific sportswear you need to wear while playing it, then this is an indicator that you are finding the right sport for you.

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Dive Deeper into Your Personality

As with most things, your chosen sport should fit your personality and temper. Understand that not all people are the same and therefore not all sports are for everyone. Because of this make sure you analyze first and then decide which sport would be the perfect match.

For instance, if you are the quiet and calm type of person, consider evading the fast and temperament sports like basketball, soccer, volleyball, water polo and such. Instead, focus on something more subtle like horse-riding, hiking, golfing, and so on. What matters is to find the sport that exactly fits your character and wanted level of activity. You won’t benefit in any way if you invest time, energy, and money into something that you feel you aren’t made for. There’s always something for everyone, so be patient.

Your Lifestyle Matters

As much as it may seem like it doesn’t, your lifestyle usually gets in the way of things you like to do. And sports aren’t the exception.

Due to your everyday obligations, it can become hard to find time to work out and practice. That’s why it’s important to choose a sport that goes well with your day to day routine. Depending on how much you are occupied during the day, you should decide what the best time for training is. It’s solely up to you. Only mind that some more complicated sports and especially those played in a team require more dedication than the rest. Moreover, while crafting your plans you should leave more time for them.

Final Words

After all of this, do you have a sport that you want to practice in mind? Did we help you with these tips? Share everything about your experience with us here in the comments. We’d love to hear what you have to say.

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