Did you know that a badminton player can cover twice the distance covered by a tennis player in the same duration of play? Most people taking up badminton are surprised at how intense the game can get. This is the hidden truth about badminton, that it is a highly exciting game that can deliver plenty in physical and mental health benefits. Have a look at a few benefits that should motivate you to take up badminton.
Lots of fun
Badminton is easy to pick up and start with the pros in a short time. The game’s fast short play means that there is never a dull moment on the court. You can play the game in doubles to make it more exciting and engaging.
Fast and furious
The shuttlecock whizzes to and fro at speeds over 150 mph. returning those kinds of shots requires high alertness and very good coordination. It may look daunting to the uninitiated but once you start dancing around the court, you do not feel like stopping.
Better eye to hand coordination
It takes a good eye to approximate the exact instant to hit a fast moving shuttlecock. You will develop better eye to hand coordination as returning these incoming shots becomes muscle memory. Your overall reflexes are improved as the shuttlecock flies to different corners of your side of the court, which requires fast and random side to side and front to back movements.
A 150 pound person playing 30 minutes of badminton will burn at least 270 calories. This is for social play. Ion professional competitions, players burn a staggering 500 calories an hour. This is the equivalent of running flat out for 30 minutes. Regular badminton improves your heart’s ability to pump blood at high heartbeats and improves your lungs’ functioning. Overall, you build endurance in both the upper and lower body as you run around the court.
An intense game of badminton takes your mind off the day’s stresses as you focus on the game. You become mentally engaged as you make calculations on where to position on your side of the court and gauge your opponent’s tactics.
A good game of badminton will leave you feeling good about yourself and more confident in your body’s image for better self-esteem. It also triggers the release of a good dose of endorphins which are feel good hormones that bring on a natural high.
You can take up badminton at a nearby club. You will make friends, have fun and stay fit playing this exciting game.