Often regarded as merely a lawn game, badminton is actually an excellent form of exercise for people of all fitness levels. Playing badminton helps develop:
1. Agility: Diving for shuttlecocks and hustling from one side of the court to the other help players improve their agility, speed their reflexes, and improve their hand-eye coordination.
2. Overall fitness: Like any cardiovascular exercise, badminton helps improve general fitness indicators. These include lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke, aiding in weight loss, regulating blood pressure, promoting healthy bones, and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol.
3. Strength: In addition to strengthening the heart, lungs, and leg muscles, badminton strengthens the arm and wrist as well. While the racquets may not seem powerful initially, players can use them to hit the shuttlecock at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.
In addition, because badminton is played with other people, the sport provides a prime opportunity to meet new friends or interact with existing friends. Avid fans of badminton may also find enjoyment through watching matches as a spectator.
About Vivek Baliga
A PhD candidate at England’s University of Leeds, Vivek Baliga enjoys playing badminton in his spare time. In addition to his current recreational forays into the sport, Baliga played on a college championship team in 1994.