Pickleball has exploded as a sport in recent years. It initially attracted baby boomers with injuries or less ability to run as they got older, but younger people are also starting to flock to the sport. Two recent studies showed that despite the smaller courts used in tennis, pickleball can provide the same benefits as traditional exercise. One study out of Western State Colorado University found that participants had heart rates of 108 beats per minute and burned over 350 calories per match, which classifies as a moderate intensity workout. The pickleball players showed significant improvements in LDL and HDL cholesterol, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and maximal oxygen uptake. Another study performed at Brigham Young University found that playing doubles pickleball led to higher heart rates and calorie expenditure than walking for exercise.
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