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The Ultimate Guide to Pickleball: Why It’s the Perfect Addition to Your Wellness Routine

by | May 7, 2024 | Hobbies, Lifestyle

As the quest for health and vitality continues to shape the priorities of men across Missouri and beyond, a new champion has emerged in the arena of wellness and community-based fitness: pickleball. This sport, a harmonious blend of tennis, ping-pong and badminton, has not only claimed the title of the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. but also captivated the hearts of millions with its accessibility, sociability and numerous health benefits.  

For those of you looking to enrich your fitness routine with something that’s both enjoyable and beneficial, allow us to introduce you to pickleball, the game that’s taking Southeast Missouri by storm. 

What Is Pickleball? 

Originating in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, pickleball was invented as a simple backyard game but has evolved into a worldwide phenomenon. Played on a court that’s a fraction of the size of a tennis court, with a lightweight, perforated plastic ball and paddles that resemble oversized ping-pong paddles, pickleball is accessible to players of all ages and skill levels. The essence of the game lies in its unique blend of simplicity and strategic depth, offering a workout that’s as mentally engaging as it is physical. 

The Unmatched Growth of Pickleball 

With over 36 million Americans having tried pickleball at least once in 2022, and significant investments from sports giants like Tom Brady, music superstars like Drake, and actors like Michael P. Jordan, the sport’s popularity is undeniable. Its growth is attributed to its accessibility and the ease with which players can find enjoyment and community within the game. Notably, pickleball has transcended its origins, breaking out from retirement communities to become a staple in fitness and social gatherings across all demographics. 

Why Pickleball Is Perfect for Your Health and Wellness 

  • Low-Impact Exercise: Unlike many racket sports that can be harsh on the hips and knees, pickleball offers a low-impact alternative. It’s an ideal way to get moving without putting undue stress on your body, making it perfect for those looking to stay active while managing joint health. 
  • Cardiovascular Health; Playing pickleball gets your heart pumping and blood flowing, contributing to improved cardiovascular health. The game’s pace is adaptable, allowing players to engage at intensity levels that match their fitness goals. 
  • Agility and Coordination: The quick exchanges and movements in pickleball enhance hand-eye coordination and agility. These skills are beneficial not only within the game but also in daily life, aiding in reaction times and overall physical coordination. 
  • Mental Health Benefits: Beyond the physical, pickleball offers significant mental health benefits. It’s a social sport, fostering connections and community among players. The joy and laughter that come with a game of pickleball can be a natural mood booster, combatting stress and contributing to a positive outlook on life. 
  • Cognitive Function: The strategic nature of the game keeps your mind sharp, promoting cognitive function as you think ahead, plan your next move, and adapt to your opponents’ strategies. 

Getting Started with Pickleball 

  • Equipment Needs: To begin your pickleball journey, you’ll need a paddle, which can be made of wood, graphite or composite materials, and a few pickleball balls. The equipment is designed to be affordable and accessible, ensuring that entry into the sport is as easy as possible. Also be sure to find a pair of shoes that supports your ankles and is designed for lateral movement.  
  • Finding a Court: Across Southeast Missouri and the entire U.S., pickleball courts are becoming increasingly common. Many tennis and badminton facilities now offer pickleball setups, and dedicated pickleball clubs are popping up everywhere. Websites and apps dedicated to the sport can help you locate a court near you. 
  • Learning the Rules: Pickleball rules are straightforward, making it easy for beginners to jump in. The game can be played in singles or doubles format, with a point scoring system that emphasizes serving. The most distinctive feature of pickleball is the “kitchen” or non-volley zone, which adds a strategic layer to the game. 

Why It’s Great for Men’s Health 

For men looking to enhance their fitness routine, pickleball offers a perfect blend of physical activity, mental sharpness and social interaction. It’s a way to stay fit, challenge yourself, and connect with others, all while enjoying the great outdoors. 

As pickleball continues to grow, it’s not just about the game but also the lifestyle that comes with it. Post-game gatherings, community events and even pickleball-themed restaurants are testaments to the sport’s ability to bring people together. It’s a lifestyle that encourages active living, community engagement, and a healthy balance of competition and fun. 


For the men of Southeast Missouri and beyond, pickleball represents more than just a game. It’s a gateway to a healthier, more connected life. Whether you’re seeking a new form of exercise, a way to meet new friends, or simply a fun activity to enjoy with family, pickleball offers something for everyone. So, grab a paddle, step onto the court and discover why pickleball is the perfect addition to your wellness routine. 

In embracing pickleball, you’re not just participating in a sport; you’re joining a vibrant community of players who value health, wellness and the joy of a game well played. Let’s make the move towards a healthier, more active lifestyle with pickleball at the forefront. Missouri Men’s Health invites you to join the movement and experience the myriad benefits that pickleball has to offer. Here’s to good health, great games and a community that grows stronger with every serve. 

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