Stamina/endurance: The ability to sustain prolonged physical effort.
This past weekend I played in yet another pickleball tournament. While playing singles against 70- year-old Lola, I was extremely impressed with her endurance. Lola’s fitness routine includes jumping on a mini trampoline, called rebounding. She is in great shape, moves well and has unbelievable stamina. You can tell she puts forth effort to stay in shape. The mini tramp is a great way to elevate your heart rate and is easy on your joints.
*Warning: talk to your medical professional before elevating your heart rate.
Here are a few other suggestions:
If you have access to equipment, the elliptical machine and the stationary bike are safe and effective. Start on either piece of equipment using a low gear or resistance level. Pedal or push quickly until your heart rate elevates, then try to maintain the elevated heart rate for 10 to 15 minutes. Depending on your fitness level you might only be able to do 2 to 5 minutes. If you are fit try 15-20 minutes or more.
What if you have no equipment? Jump on one leg 5 times, then the other leg 5 times, then 4 times, 3 times and 2 times, alternating legs.
Try doing this to music; pick a long song or several short songs. Do twist jumps: twist right then twist left. Or you can do all these exercises in the pool, which is easier on your joints. Walk up and down stairs; go for a hike. The whole idea is to elevate your heart rate and keep it there for a period of time. When it becomes easy, work harder for longer by doing more.
At the USAPA National Pickleball Tournament you have to play tons of games. Everyone goes home pooped. This tournament is true survival of the fittest. Players who can persevere to the bitter end will hit those winning shots late in the day.
So, increase your stamina for a winning game.