Pickleball is a fast-growing sport that’s good for both your physical and mental health. It’s a simple game to learn and appropriate for individuals of all ages, making it an enjoyable sport for families and communities.
And if you are looking for an active adult community in Galt that has pickleball courts, make sure you check out Dry Creek Oaks!
How pickleball works
- Equipment: To participate in a game of pickleball, it is essential to possess three key items: a paddle, a plastic ball with holes and access to a pickleball court. The court is specifically designed for pickleball and is slightly smaller than a tennis court, but about the same size as a doubles badminton court, measuring 20 x 44 feet.
- Serve: The game begins with the server standing behind the baseline serving underhand diagonally to the opponent’s court. Like ping pong, the ball must land in the opposite diagonal section of the court, and the first serve of each point must be made from the right-hand side of the court.
- Return: After the ball is served, the ball must bounce once before the receiver can return it. In contrast to tennis, the ball in pickleball is required to be hit diagonally back to the server’s court.
- Rally: Players continue to hit the ball back and forth after the serve and return until it lands outside the court’s boundaries or if a player misses the shot.
- Scoring: Only the serving team scores points, and usually, games are played until 11 points. To win, a player must secure a lead of two points.
Health benefits of playing pickleball
Improved cardiovascular health
The game requires pickleball players to move quickly around the court, making it an excellent way to get your heart rate up and improve blood circulation. Whether you’re playing singles or doubles, the constant movement and short bursts of activity can help improve your endurance and overall fitness and lower blood pressure.
Playing a racket sport such as pickleball may assist in improving heart health by reducing the risk of common issues faced by older adults such as hypertension, stroke and heart attack.
Furthermore, it is an excellent aerobic workout that causes less stress and strain on joints and muscles.
Improved balance, coordination, and flexibility
You can strengthen your leg muscles and improve balance thanks to all the movement the game requires. Moreover, the quick reflexes required in pickleball can enhance hand-eye coordination and reaction times, which are essential skills in many other areas of life.
It’s a social sport
Pickleball promotes social interaction and mental health. The sport is typically played in small groups, making it an excellent way to meet new people and make friends. This social aspect of the game can help reduce feelings of loneliness and depression, known for improved mental health and overall well-being.
Play it outdoors
The benefits of fresh air and sunshine have numerous health benefits, including improved mood, increased vitamin D production and enhanced cognitive function.
It’s a fun and engaging physical activity
Unlike traditional gym workouts that can become monotonous and repetitive, pickleball provides a dynamic and ever-changing experience that keeps players engaged and motivated.
Live in community where playing pickleball is a lifestyle
Located in Galt, California, Dry Creek Oaks is an active adult community that’s gated and managed by an HOA. The community is equipped with a 4,500 square foot clubhouse along with various amenities, which includes pickleball and bocce ball courts, a heated swimming pool and on-site activities.
It’s perfect for older adults with an active lifestyle. See it for yourself today.