When you’re looking to live an active lifestyle, getting involved in all types of sports and exercise is beneficial. Sports that are played on the court can provide both health and lifestyle benefits for everyone involved. At North State Resurfacing, we not only install sports courts but also like our customers to know how playing can promote a healthier lifestyle.
We’re going to look at the health and lifestyle benefits of sports court fitness and provide you with some tips on how you can get started if you’re not in the game already.
Health Benefits of Court Sports
Court sports, like tennis and pickleball, can provide many health benefits for those who are looking to live and maintain an active lifestyle.
Consider these health benefits:
Help to maintain a healthy body weight
Lower blood pressure
Improve coordination, balance, and mobility
Increase bone density
Increase reaction times
Lower resting heart rate
Getting regular exercise is also known to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety as endorphins are released to trigger positive feelings in the body.
Increase endurance. When it comes to court sports like pickleball, one study from the American Council on Exercise found that cardiovascular fitness and endurance improved among middle-aged and older adults after they began playing pickleball one hour per session, three times a week for six weeks. They also saw a decrease in their blood pressure.
Research also shows that people can burn an average of 350 calories per hour when playing pickleball. An hour of playing basketball can burn anywhere from 630-750 calories per hour.
Grows confidence & optimism. Research shows that people who play tennis have higher self-esteem, stamina, and optimism than other athletes or those who don’t play any sports at all.
Boosts brain power. Playing sports like tennis increases mental alertness. You have to think about where you’re going to hit the ball, as well as work on your coordination skills.
Lifestyle Benefits of Court Sports
Besides the health benefits, many lifestyle benefits come along with court sports. If you belong to a club or play in your community, you can experience many lifestyle improvements.
One of the major benefits comes with meeting new people and spending time with friends. The socialization factor is extremely important because it helps to combat loneliness. According to the CDC, loneliness puts people at higher risk of dementia, heart disease, stroke, and depression.
Taking part in court sports can also help to build new neighborhood and community relationships and strengthen family bonds when played together. Court sports are also beneficial because they are good for people of all ages. Older players can teach younger players and vice versa.
Getting Started with Court Sports
If you’re interested in starting to play court sports to reap all of the health and lifestyle benefits that are available, it’s important to take the right steps to get you going in the right direction.
Consider these four tips:
Wear Appropriate Footwear
You want to be sure that you have suitable footwear that is designed for lateral movements on the court.
Wear Comfortable Clothing That You Can Move In
Wear clothes that are not constrictive. You want to be able to move and play your best game!
If you’re just starting out, take it slow! To avoid injury, start with some casual play and then build up your activity.
If You Have a Health Condition, Talk to Your Doctor First
If you have any underlying health condition, such as heart issues, back problems, arthritis, or anything else that may impede your ability to safely exercise, talk to your doctor first. It’s best to get medical clearance so that you can have peace of mind when you play.
Are You Looking to Build a Sports Court? Count on North State Resurfacing to Get the Job Done!
North State Resurfacing is your source for court construction and resurfacing. Whether you’re looking to build a tennis, pickleball, or basketball court that the community can enjoy, or for private use, we’ve got you covered. If you’re considering adding a sports court to a property or community, it will help to increase its value. People enjoy living in places that help them live a healthy lifestyle.
Our team is here and ready to install or resurface your court so that you and everyone who uses your court can get all of the benefits that court sports have to offer. Call us today at (919) 365-7500 or contact us online to learn more and get started!