Why Pickleball Is Popular Among Seniors
The biggest reason why pickleball is popular among senior adults is the same reason it has caught fire with Americans of all ages: It’s fun. The rules are relatively simple and the equipment is inexpensive, so it’s also a game that almost anyone can play. This makes pickleball a welcoming sport that appeals to a wide variety of people, not just those with superior athletic ability who have played the game for many years.
Beyond that, however, pickleball offers special advantages for active adults in their retirement years. In fact, pickleball checks off two of the top boxes on the list of features that any 55+ community ought to have, including:
Activities to Encourage Physical Fitness
It’s inevitable that people will lose some of their vigor, stamina, and physical ability as they age, but studies show that seniors who exercise regularly can often significantly delay the detrimental effects of aging. Nonetheless, many people don’t enjoy working out at the gym, so even well-intentioned seniors may slack off on their exercise routines after a few weeks. Pickleball, on the other hand, is a fun way to get in some aerobic exercise without making a conscious effort—you’re just playing a game with friends. Additionally, pickleball is played with a lightweight plastic ball instead of a tennis ball. This means participants don’t need to strike it with as much force during play, and it’s also less likely to cause injury if it inadvertently collides with a player whose reflexes may be diminished.
Opportunities for Socialization
Experts say the social isolation that seniors often feel as they retire from the workplace can contribute to serious, even life-threatening, health problems. Pickleball can be a great anecdote to loneliness because it is played with other people, requires no special skills, and often leads to after-the-game get-togethers that can foster camaraderie.
Pickleball at StrawBerry Ridge
StrawBerry Ridge is a retirement community near Tampa, Florida, that has long recognized the value and popularity of pickleball for our residents who are 55 and older. Our fully equipped pickleball court is just one of the many resort-style amenities our residents enjoy when they purchase a high-quality manufactured home and make low monthly home site lease payments at StrawBerry Ridge.
If you’re looking for a pickleball community to call home in retirement, contact our Lifestyle Team today to learn more about StrawBerry Ridge. We’ll also be glad to book a community tour for you whenever you plan to be in the Tampa area.