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Pickleball continues to be popular among older adults

June 18, 2012

Many older adults have made playing sports part of healthy aging, and although longtime favorites such as golf and tennis are still widely played, one activity in particular has grown popular over the last few years. Pickleball, a hybrid of badminton, tennis and ping pong, has risen to become one of the fastest growing sports in the over-50 crowd, The Northwestern reports.

The game is well suited to older athletes looking to stay active. Not only is it played on a smaller court, but it is also always played with two people on each team. As a result, each person has less ground to cover and it is easier on aging joints. Nevertheless, it still provides plenty of exercise.

"I'm an ex-racquetball player and I still miss racquetball," pickleball player Fred Redman told the newspaper. "But I can't do it anymore. So this gives you an outlet that you can still play something that your body allows you to do it. This sport allows you to adapt."

Of course, pickleball is not the only activity that's well-suited for older adults. According to Yahoo! Sports, swimming has long been one of the best options for active seniors. Along with being low impact, the sport works out everything from arms and legs to abs and circulation.