Improves Overall Mood
Studies have indicated exercise improves an individual's overall mood, releasing hormones associated with positive feelings. In fact, some medical professionals consider aerobic exercise to be just as effective as medication for alleviating the symptoms of mild depression. With the fast pace of a pickleball game, participants have to focus on the present moment, which can be a helpful tactic in developing mindfulness techniques and avoiding ruminations about the past or worries about the future. Pickleball is a team sport, and it can also help participants build new friendships and have positive interactions. This may help individuals feel valued and reduce the feelings of depression and loneliness that often accompany dementia and similar conditions.
Speaking of the social aspect of pickleball, learn more about how this can help with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.