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The Fun and Health Benefits Of Playing Badminton

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My wife and I enjoy playing badminton a lot.  It is a great game that requires agility, speed, power, hand-eye coordination and stamina. It is an easy game to learn the basic skills, but it gets quite technical for an advance level of playing.  There are many fine skills to master.

I picked it up initially when our kids started to play when they were 8 & 6.  I would hit and rally with them to give them practice.  Soon, they surpassed me as they advanced to the provincial and national level of competition in their age groups.

My wife picked it up only about 5 years ago.  After a few months, she got hooked into playing more and more.  She started taking some lessons, and we played some internal club tournaments.  Now, we are playing 3 to 4 times a week, and we challenge ourselves to improve as we started to play more age-group and master level tournaments.

Here are some health benefits of playing badminton from an article in a Men’s Fitness magazine I read a few months ago:

1. The Easiest Way To Reduce Weight

Playing Badminton for an hour helps in burning 480 Calories (the highest among all sports) and if you make a habit of it then you can lose a bare minimum of 4 kg within a month. Badminton as a sport is very exhausting and makes use of almost every muscle in the body, while running for the same amount of time burns half the calories.

2. Helps In Muscle Toning And Maintaining Your Physique

Be it a smash or a drop, every shot in Badminton is a mini figure-toning workout. So, if want to cut down all the flab around your waist before prepping those abs, then half an hour of this game daily is sufficient to achieve the results. It is great for calves, butt, quads and hamstrings.

3. Improves Your Metabolism Rate

Badminton helps in improving the cardio-pulmonary function which in layman terms means that it makes your body habitual of sweating naturally. The toxins leave the body through heavy sweating and make you feel light headed and burden free.

4. Perks Up Reflexes, Intelligence And Productivity

Practising the sport makes you more alert and helps you concentrate on the work at hand. It makes you more agile and develops strength to endure physical stress.

5. Helps In Achieving Optimum Heart Function

Often the walls of our heart get clogged due to high levels of Cholesterol. Badminton strengthens the heart muscles and even people with pre-existing heart condition can benefit with proper medical supervision.

6. Increases The Bone Density And Makes You Stronger

Playing badminton helps in the growth of those cells which form bones and help in accumulating the calcium matrix which strengthens the overall physical appearance.

7. Decreases The Chances Of Getting Diabetes

Badminton helps in getting enough physical activity within an hour to decrease the blood sugar levels. It decreases the overall production of sugar by the liver and which makes you less susceptible to diseases.

8. It’s A Definite Cure For Hypertension

Reducing the effects of hypertension without medical drugs is a hassle as the patient becomes addicted to those drugs. Badminton lowers the blood pressure and produces chemicals which counter the drug’s addictive properties.

9. Improves Lung Function

Badminton improves lung function quite significantly and helps in reducing the dependence on nasal sprays for snoring while sleeping.

 

Find Your Passion

One of the key issues to address when one is approaching retirement is finding a new (or confirming an existing) passion to pass your time.  After all, you will gain at least 50 hours a week not needing to commute and to work for a pay cheque.
For me, mIMG_7385.1y passion may be a split between traveling, hiking, or playing badminton.  I have always like traveling ever since I went to San Francisco with my brother back when I was in junior high school and when my wife and I went on a 5-week backpacking trip around Europe shortly after our university graduation.  And during our weekends when we started working, we developed a liking to anything outdoors, such as hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and the ocassional canoeing or kayaking.  I picked up badminton when my two children started to play competitively when they were around 8.  Five years ago, my wife picked up this sport as well, and now we are playing 3 to 4 times a week and entering various tournaments.  We might be hooked because we did well in our first Provincial and National 55+ Championships.
This weekend, we played in a church team tournament, helping our friends win their 3rd title of their annual tournament of various ministries within the church.  This year, there were 14 teams, and our team came first!