Pickleball Weight Loss?
Can playing pickleball help a person lose weight? Having taught the game, played the game, and organized an annual pickleball tournament, I haven’t seen any visible evidence that playing the sport will help a person lose weight in and by itself.
According to the Space Coast Daily, Pickleball 1) improves weight management, 2) improves mental health, 3) helps your cardiovascular health, 4) helps with osteoporosis, 5) improves with flexibility, 6) helps prevent/manage diabetes, 7) is important for people with Dementia/Alzheimer’s, and 8) increases muscle strength. Interestingly enough, however, there were no associated/documented research/statistics provided to support these stated benefits.
Where is the research? I would challenge the USAPA to get the research done and start documenting it with no-kidding studies and statistical facts to back these types of assertions.
According to Pink Pickleball, if you combine pickleball play with strength training, you could see additional benefits such as 1) combating fatigue, 2) get better sleep, 3) observe improved hand/eye coordination, and see an improvement in one’s mood. But, again, there was no supporting research documented to support these benefits.
Dr. Bleich’s (John Hopkins) research stated that a pickleball player will expend 250 – 450 calories every 30 minutes of activity depending on the intensity of play. Pink Pickleball follows with documenting that a pickleball player will move 4,000 – 5,000 steps in one hour of play.
Okay, with all that said, I am set to explore a month of pickleball to see if it will help me lose weight and/or all of the other benefits listed above. I can’t see losing weight with the game itself because it just isn’t that intense at the level that I play; however, I do look forward to combining it with other activities and nutrition initiatives to see what happens.
Come join me and play! What are your thoughts?