If you are starting the New Year wanting to get in better shape, exercise more and lose a few pounds pickleball is a great way to meet these goals! [In an Exercise Pickle?]
With approximately 1 in 2 adults living with a chronic disease – and approximately only 50% of adults getting the physical activity they need to help reduce and prevent chronic diseases – it’s imperative that individuals stay physically active. Physical activity — even just walking — is, perhaps, the single-most important thing you can do to improve your health. Physical activity lowers your risk for high blood pressure and stroke, improves aerobic fitness, mental health and cognitive function and helps reduce/prevent arthritis symptoms, stress and weight gain.
According to the Center for Disease Control, “for substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity exercise.
Although walking — and tracking steps — may be an effective option to get one’s daily/weekly recommended exercise, it can become…well…boring! And as a result, it is difficult to make sustainable lifestyle modifications. It is, therefore, critical to find something you love to do — while at the same time reaping the benefits of the exercise it provides. For me, playing PB is a great way to get the physical activity needed to obtain health benefits. With each game of PB lasting about 10 minutes and resulting in approximately 500-750 steps – or the equivalent of about a quarter-mile – it is an extraordinarily effective (and fun) activity to get individuals off the couch, moving and getting the recommended exercise. And if you’re like most, you know that you don’t just play a game or two of PB! Instead you’re likely to be on the court for an hour or two — all while getting the much needed physical activity that will improve your health.
As we all know another benefit of PB is the social aspect – playing with old friends and meeting new friends and because of this PB is a much more sustainable form of exercise because it is so much FUN! So… come out to the LWW PB courts to improve your health and meet new friends! — Terri Nordby