Badminton is one of the most popular sports in the world with more than 300 million active players worldwide.
As it is played by both males and females equally across a range of ages and skill levels, the health and social benefits of the sport are wide and varied.
To celebrate World Health Day, we’ve created a list of the top seven health and social benefits of badminton.
- Due to the running, lunging, diving and hitting elements of the sport, playing badminton burns fat at approximately 450 calories per hour.
- Its flexible pace makes badminton a great activity for those with heart conditions.
DID YOU KNOW: Regular play is also great for keeping hearts healthy, conditioning and strengthening the heart muscle, reducing hypertension and limiting the risk of blood vessels clogging.
- Playing recreational badminton raises heart rates to 80-85 per cent of the players’ predicted maximum heart rate which is significantly higher for that of tennis.
- Racket sports with a strong and enriched social connectedness such as badminton can extend longevity by as much as nine years.
- During 20 minutes of badminton, players will make at least 350 changes in direction of 90 degrees or more, building speed, strength, agility and flexibility.
DID YOU KNOW: A strike of a shuttlecock demands full-arm swings of a racket – that’s more than other sports such as baseball and cricket.
- Badminton can reduce or eliminate your risk for many health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
- Badminton can help with weight loss and weight control because of its fat-burning and metabolism boosting qualities. Combined with proper diet, optimal weight loss may be achieved.
So, what are you waiting for? Pick up a racket today!
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