Psychology Today has taken an interest in the sport of pickleball. They recently published an article breaking down the benefits of playing into three categories.
- Physical Exercise
- Mental Exercise
- Mental Health Boost
We all know that playing pickleball has immense benefits but the article provides more of the intricacies of why pickleball specifically is beneficial. The author, Dr. Robert Lavine, mentions how moderate physical activity like pickleball can increase blood flow, improve balance and lower the risk of disease.
The social communities that grow around pickleball are what have made the growth of pickleball unique. It is not just a sport that is played by individuals. Clubs, groups, and open play sessions give people an opportunity to compete, socialize and exercise all in one. All of these are beneficial to our mental health and create the addiction that has us playing multiple times a day.
Like Marshawn Lynch says, “Take care of y’all mental, take care of y’all body and take care of y’all chicken” and there’s no better way, than playing pickleball.