Instead of a sit-down coffee date with friends, try pickleball instead. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. It's a great way to socialize, meet new people, and have fun while being active.
Pickleball can be played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-size court with a slightly lower than tennis-size net. You’ll also need a pickleball paddle and a lightweight perforated plastic ball. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but it can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
“I have a blast playing pickleball,” says Wellmark member Mari Thies, 62, of Iowa Falls. A lifelong fan of racquet sports like tennis and racquetball, pickleball was a natural transition for Thies and her group of friends. They’ve been playing for more than two years.
“Pickleball is not as hard on the joints as other racquet sports, and because you use a wiffleball, it slows it down just enough,” she says. “It’s also an ab workout because we laugh so much.”
“Overall, pickleball is such a welcoming sport,” adds Thies. “The rules are simple and once you get going, it’s not long until you really have it down. Plus, you get some cardio and you sweat. It gets the endorphins moving.”
To find out if pickleball courts and leagues are available in your community, check with your local city government or Parks and Recreation department.
Try spikeball for something a little more portable
Spikeball is also growing in popularity and is a fun way to spend quality time with family and friends. Spikeball can be played on grass, sand or indoors. All you need is a spikeball kit External Site and four people. The net looks a bit like a mini-trampoline and the movements and rules of the game are similar to volleyball.
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