Badminton is one of the easiest ways to keep active due to a variety of reasons. Firstly, it is a relatively inexpensive sport. You only need a shuttlecock and a racket to get you going.

If you are not looking at buying a top-of-the-range racket, you can get started with one for as little as £9 for a new racket and even cheaper for a second-hand one. If you want to become more advanced in this sport, you can add a net or play on a designated Badminton court.

 

Accessible to Many People

Badminton does not have a lot of limitations when we look at who is eligible to partake in this sport. People of all ages, all genders and different levels of physical ability can this sport in a way that is best suited for them.

This game can be adapted by increasing or decreasing the speed of the sport or by changing the environment where you play in order to make it more or less strenuous. It is also a sport that can be played outside in the garden, on the beach, or even indoors (the shuttlecock is light in weight, so you do not have to worry about knocking over the expensive vase).

This is also a sport that is fairly easy to learn as you don’t necessarily need professional training, but you can just watch a video or two to get you started. It is a very fun sport and can be played in a social setting with friends and family or in a more professional setting at a local Badminton club. Badminton can be played as singles or as doubles.

 

Physical Benefits

There are a lot of health benefits from playing badminton such as it increases your heart rate which in turn improves blood circulation. Increased blood circulation can decrease the risk of high cholesterol, strokes, or heart attacks. Adrenal hormones are released when we are physically active which has a positive effect on our respiratory system.

It also helps to develop certain skills such as eye-hand coordination, mobility, motor coordination, and balance. Badminton does not only improve physical health, but by being more active your psychological health will also be improved, and your stress and anxiety levels can decrease (which is something most of us need).

Badminton can not be played alone and should be done with at least one other person (either your teammate or your opponent) which can help you socialize and therefore it is beneficial to people with different psychological disorders such as social anxiety. This is not a contact sport so social distancing can always be maintained.

Clearly, there are a lot of benefits from playing badminton ranging from health benefits to social benefits. So, if you have been wondering what you can do to become more active after lockdown, this is your sign to get yourself a shuttlecock and a racket and grab your friends and family and start playing Badminton.

 

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