Badminton it’s a fantastic sport. Not only is it great fun and a good opportunity to socialize with like-minded people, but there are also many health benefits of playing badminton.
Let’s take a look at some of these now.
flexibility – No one can deny that. Badminton improves your flexibility on most major muscles, including the hamstrings, spinal erectors, pectorals, triceps, and many other areas. It is absolutely necessary for good players to maintain a healthy level of flexibility in all of these muscles. While stretching has not been shown to have a positive effect before playing, there is certainly plenty of evidence to show that it is beneficial afterward.
Strength – Obviously your upper body will not gain much strength playing badminton, but your forearms, thighs and calves will be challenged enough to improve their strength and power. Anyone who has ever performed a series of back-to-back squash jumps will see how challenging this is for the thigh muscles.
muscle hardening – Absolutely vital for any badminton player, is the ability to continue until the end of a match. Virtually every muscle group has to contract continuously in a long game of badminton. From the calves to the shoulders.
heart and lungs – Once again, badminton places a very challenging workload on the heart. Those who regularly play singles or against a particularly good doubles pair will agree with me on this. Short bursts of all-out effort are often required in rapid-fire exchanges that can often last for over 10 shots per point. This series of stop-start action, intense activity interspersed with short rest periods, is much like interval training, which is quickly becoming one of the most popular types of fitness training techniques.
Mobility – As we age, our joints may become less fluid or mobile. Connective tissue and bone endings can wear away and are therefore not as mobile as when we were younger. As we age, it is important to maintain a certain amount of movement in our joints, otherwise both our posture and performing simple daily tasks become much more of a challenge. Badminton helps lubricate and mobilize almost every joint in the body. so again, it’s a very useful sport to be involved in.
These are just a few of the more obvious ones. Health benefits of playing badminton, but what many people overlook is the social side of the sport. Not only by meeting and interacting with people who share the same passion for the sport as you, but even more so by bringing together people who love to use and challenge their bodies in ways that can truly improve their health and well-being. What can badminton do?