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What are the benefits of playing padel?



Fun, fast-paced and exciting to play – padel is quickly become one of the fastest growing sports in the world and with more courts being built across Great Britain, more people than ever are getting on court and trying it out for themselves. 

If you’re new to the sport and thinking about getting started – here are just some of the benefits you can expect when playing padel. 

Physical benefits of padel 

Adults are recommended to do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise a week, and padel is a fun way keep active and get in your workout. 

It’s a full-body workout that keeps you moving from beginning to end – helping to improve your endurance, cardiovascular health and prevent health risk factors in the future. 

It involves plenty of running, movement from side-to-side and quick changes of direction and will help you build your speed and strength. Like tennis, while improving your overall aerobic fitness so you can run for longer, padel also helps you build muscle with short and explosive movements to benefit your anaerobic fitness. 

In fact, playing a game of padel can burn over 400 calories.

The great thing about padel – unlike many sports – is that it’s very easy to pick up if you’ve never played before. 

The techniques are simple and generally players can serve, rally and play points right from the first time you get on court, so you get all the physical benefits right from day one. 

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Mental benefits of padel 


The mental benefits of playing a sport like padel can’t be understated. 

Playing a game of padel with your friends or family at your local padel club can be a great way to help you relieve stress and improve your general well-being.  

While playing, your body releases various hormones such as dopamine, endorphins and serotonin that can boost your mood and make you feel happier as well.  

Padel requires a lot of tactical thinking, fast reactions and communication with your partner, which will also help you improve other cognitive skills away from the court. 

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Social benefits of padel 

One of the best things about padel is that it’s a team sport and is always played in doubles, so you’ll always have a teammate by your side. 

It’s a great way to get together and have fun with friends and family but is also perfect if you want to meet new people as well. 

If you’re looking for someone to play with, speak to your local club or venue and they can help pair you up with other players, or you might be able to join a group coaching session.

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