by Pickleball Superstore February 28, 2023
“You gotta have fun. Regardless of how you look at it, we’re playing a game. It’s a business, it’s our job, but I don’t think you can do well unless you’re having fun.”
Tuesday’s Tipis to just have fun. It is easy to get caught up in the seriousness of sports, but it is important to remember that having fun and going with the flow are key aspects of any game. A light-hearted attitude can help you focus on enjoying yourself rather than worrying about winning or losing. Sports are so much more than physical activity; they can be a great source of enjoyment that positively impacts both the mind and body.
Fun in sports helps reduce stress levels while boosting energy, motivation, and mood - giving you an edge to try new things or push yourself further for personal growth!
Add an extra serving of laughter, and serotonin is released, which benefits heart rate, sleep patterns, and memory recall, making life much more enjoyable. Fun is also the perfect way to build amazing social connections with teammates and opponents, creating meaningful experiences along the journey.
Tap into your Fun with:
Laughter: Laughter is the best medicine! Not only does it reduce stress and help us tolerate pain better, but its positive effects extend even further, boosting your relationships with loved ones and increasing energy levels.
Child-Like Inspiration: You can also take inspiration from children who naturally express joy and have fun playing sports - by imitating their attitude, you can learn to find more pleasure in the game.
Competition Segments: Have fun with silly challenges or "predictions" with yourself or your partner at different times throughout a match or practice. Bring the "8ball corner pocket" type of fun into the mix.
Music: Not much needs to be said about using the power of music to find your groove. Bring your boom-box to the pickleball court and have fun! Use pickleball etiquette and ensure the players around you are "ok" with playing music.
Break Time: Take a 5-minute break and enjoy the moment. It will help keep up your energy and enthusiasm.
I watched an entire game turn around after a kid said a funny joke to his partner. The laughter disrupted the energy; the next minute, they were on fire for the rest of the match. Simply put, having fun is vital when playing sports as it provides countless benefits leading to improved mental & physical well-being plus all-around satisfaction! So put aside your cares for a while and make sure you're having plenty of fun - you deserve it!
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