Exercises like badminton, which involve aerobic activity, are known to have multiple health benefits. It’s definitely a double whammy of health and enjoyment - what more could you ask for?
According to a recent study, playing badminton until one gets a slight increase in heart rate or mild breathlessness regularly in middle age lowers the risk of death by 23% in the next 20 years and improves longevity by at least two years. A minimum of 30 minutes of badminton play per day after an adequate warmup provides optimal health benefits. This all sounds very numerical, but how could there be any questions asked when you’re having fun and experiencing an insane amount of health benefits whilst doing it!
Regular badminton play reduces bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the only good cholesterol; total cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are the bad cholesterols. All of these will be perfectly balanced during an entire game - and who said it was only an apple a day that kept the doctor away?
When you play badminton regularly, the heart rate drops a few beats per minute and the blood pressure is reduced. In hypertensive individuals, both effects are beneficial. Using it may help them to ward off hypertension without medication and, if it is needed, only a small amount of medication is needed. Who could argue with that?
Badminton is also beneficial to your health in terms of protecting against heart disease, especially heart attacks. In addition to reducing hypertension and keeping blood vessels from clogging, playing badminton conditions and strengthens the heart muscle. Under medical supervision and advice, even people with pre-existing heart conditions can benefit from playing badminton within their endurance level. You get the best of both worlds, no matter where you think you are on the health chart. Get up and get moving!
By regularly playing badminton, overweight people can achieve their ideal weight and lose weight. As a result of the excess calories burned while playing badminton, these calories do not accumulate as fat, increasing one's body weight. Playing badminton also mobilizes fat deposits to produce energy. Why not add it to the fitness regime?
Women after menopause and the elderly are most at risk of osteoporosis. Due to complex interactions between the body's hormones, bone-forming, and bone-destroying cells, the bones lose their density. People with osteoporosis are more likely to suffer fractures because the disease reduces bone strength.
Fortunately, osteoporosis can be prevented or delayed by regularly playing badminton, as physical activity is an important factor that prevents osteoporosis regardless of the person's age and gender. Playing badminton helps the bone matrix assimilate calcium, which helps prevent osteoporosis. Enough of the science chit-chat - but trust me, there are a skyrocketing amount of positives within badminton!
Last but not least, badminton keeps you in good shape, strong, motivated, enthusiastic, and young. By increasing self-esteem, it helps to fight depression, anxiety, and stress. Moreover, it promotes a night of better sleep, thereby reducing the incidence of pre-existing illnesses getting aggravated by insufficient sleep. So what are you waiting for? Jump on the court today!