Although pickleball has existed for almost 60 years, it’s recently experienced an explosion in popularity. That growth only seems to be picking up speed, with the United States Sports and Fitness Industry Association naming pickleball the fastest-growing sport in the country in 2021, 2022, and 2023. From California to Maine, millions of people now enjoy this sport. It’s more than just a fun game—it offers a few fitness benefits as well. So, find the best health clubs with gyms in Visalia, Stockton, and beyond, and experience those benefits for yourself today!

It’s a Low-Impact Workout

While they all require a court, a net, and a ball, there are some important differences between pickleball and racket sports like tennis and racquetball. For instance, a pickleball court is about 3 to 4 times smaller than a standard tennis court. The result is a lot less area to cover during longer rallies. That makes pickleball an exciting and vigorous low-impact exercise. If you enjoy classic low-impact workouts like swimming at your favorite health clubs or gyms in Bakersfield or Modesto, take a swing at pickleball!

Activate All Your Muscle Groups

Even though it’s low impact, pickleball certainly isn’t low energy. Give it a few minutes, and you’ll be working up a sweat. Along with amping up your heart rate, playing pickleball can activate virtually all your major muscle groups. Reaching, stretching, and swinging for the ball will work your biceps, triceps, and forearms. Darting forward and backward to chase the ball, bending over, lunging, and the like activates your glutes, hamstrings, and quads. If you’re looking for a fun full body workout, pickleball is it.

It’s Easy for Any Age to Pick Up

One of the major appeals of pickleball is how approachable it is as a sport. The rules are fun and straightforward. The small court allows players to set their own pace for the game, making it as active or laid back as the players feel. The result is an addictive sport that’s easy to pick up and accessible to pickleballers of any age.

It’s a Social Game

Not all games or sports with multiple players are naturally social. Even with other racket games, the distance between players and the greater area that needs to be covered during volleys makes socializing difficult. Pickleball, on the other hand, is a social game, first and foremost. The nearness of the players, the modest size of the court, and the laid back fun of the game are the perfect recipe for a joyfully active day with friends—either old friends or those you just met.

Improves Your Balance, Agility, and Flexibility

Despite its energetic charm and accessible simplicity, pickleball provides your body with a complex and beneficial workout. It requires moving backward and forward in different directions and through different planes of motion. Engaging in that kind of well-rounded movement pattern while keeping your eye on the ball benefits balance, agility, and hand-eye coordination. It stretches muscles while boosting muscular endurance, which improves flexibility. Be sure to warm up beforehand, and you’re bound to enjoy some active and unforgettable fun with friends.

About In-Shape Health Clubs

In-Shape Health Clubs opens its doors to anyone motivated and inspired to put their health first. Whether you’ve been working out for years or just want to exercise on the weekends, there’s a place for you at In-Shape’s gyms in Salinas, Stockton, Brentwood, and other areas of California. Not only will you get your heart rate up, build strength, and improve mobility through consistent movement, but you’ll also connect with a community of In-Shape members and can keep your kids active in the Kid Zone. With In-Shape Health Clubs, you, your family, and your fitness goals are top priorities.

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