Pickleball Corner

Pickleball: It’s good for your health and longevity

Helen Selenati

We all know that physical activity and exercise are good for you, and you should aim to make them part of your routine. There are countless studies that prove the important health benefits associated with exercise, and it becomes more important as we age.

Regular physical activity and exercise for seniors helps improve mental and physical health, both of which will help you maintain your independence as you age. Playing Pickleball is not only a lot of fun and it also contributes to your health and wellbeing by offering an opportunity to get some fresh air, exercise, and socialize.

Here are some of the many benefits of exercising when you’re a senior, including:
• It improves your strength.
• It improves your balance.
• It gives you more energy.
• It decreases risks of falls.
• It improved cognitive function.
• It prevents or delays diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis.
• It can improve your mood and fight off depression.
• It provides opportunities for social engagement.

The mental health benefits of exercise are nearly endless. Exercise produces endorphins (the “feel good” hormone), which act as a stress reliever and elevates your mood. In addition, exercise has been linked to improving sleep, which is especially important for older adults who often suffer from insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns.

Our Oakmont Pickleball Club is known for its friendly and welcoming members who can make exercise a fun social event. Maintaining strong social ties is important for aging adults to feel a sense of purpose and avoid feelings of loneliness or depression. When you find a sport you love, exercise will never feel like a chore again.

There are many opportunities to enjoy one another’s company off the courts as well. We commemorated Valentine’s day with plenty of goodies provided by our volunteers. And to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the social committee arranged another fun event with lots of tasty treats, raffles, and “unusual” prizes. Most players dressed up in green and enjoyed playing a few games in the lovely weather. How lucky we are to have such an awesome club.

New Player Orientation: Arrangements can be made by contacting Nancy Lande at 978-2998 to schedule a session. Demo Loaner paddles are available for club members to check out for a week by contacting Doc Savarese at 349-9065. If you know of someone in need of a card to cheer them up or for condolences, please contact Helen Selenati at 595-3413.

Credit: Photo by Maureen McGettigen
Caption with Valentine’s day photo: Joan Kielhoffer and Carol Palombino enjoying friendship and a treat

Credit: Photo by Maureen McGettigen
Caption with St Patrick’s day photo: The luck of the Irish could win you one of these raffle prizes

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