The practice of badminton has a positive impact on the physical and psychological health of those who practice it, which makes this sport an ideal resource to achieve and maintain a state of well-being that implies an improvement in the quality of life for both young people and adults
Carlos Longo Esteban, technical director and head of the Andalusia Training Center belonging to the Andalusia Badminton Federation, affirms that “he works many physical capacities”, so that his benefits are many, either as a unique activity or as a complement to a training program.
In more detail, the main health benefits of badminton obtained by practicing this sport are:
- Tone the muscles and increase muscle strength: As it is an exercise in which the explosiveness of the legs is mixed in all directions with the striking of the steering wheel, the muscles are globally toned without particularly prioritizing some parts over others, so that muscular strength is also developed. The only part of the body that is left a little more abandoned is the arm that is not used to play, but it is easy to train it separately to make up the difference.
- Maintain an adequate body weight: When the goal of exercising is to lose weight, burn fat and therefore achieve a leaner body, badminton is a recurring option as it is an aerobic exercise that requires constant effort of maximum intensity.
- Increase endurance and lung capacity: The duration of the matches and their intensity make the body constantly improve both aerobic and anaerobic resistance, gaining lung and heart capacity. This not only makes exercise easier and workload can be increased, but it also improves performance in daily activities.
- Improve reflexes, coordination and agility: The reaction time is improved due to the speed of the game, which directly also improves the reflexes, the overall muscular coordination and the agility of the practitioner.
- Strengthen balance: Badminton shifting occurs in all directions, but facing the net to keep track of the wheel. These lateral and backward movements enhance balance and control of the center of gravity.
- Increase visual abilities: One of the benefits that this sport that often goes unnoticed provides is the improvement of various aspects related to sight. With its practice, a greater ability to focus near-near is achieved, and the ease of contrast between figure and background and the calculation of depth are enhanced. In addition, better eye-hand coordination is obtained. Visual reaction time and peripheral field width are two other sight characteristics that are trained with badminton.
- Achieve emotional well-being: The practice of badminton is not only a diversion that allows you to escape from daily reality, but, as with other sports, it also helps to release endorphins and serotonin, which reduce stress and anxiety levels, providing a state of well-being.
- Socially relate: Although many people consider it an individual sport, despite the fact that it can be played in pairs, badminton favors social relations for its contribution of fun, and it is one more incentive to leave the house and, especially in the case of the youngest people, avoid abuse of social networks and other sedentary activities.
Possible contraindications to the practice of badminton
Badminton is a sport that can be practiced at all ages, from children to retirees, and according to Carlos Longo “there does not have to be any contraindication to practice it, unless it is expressly indicated by the doctor.” And this is the key element: finding out first if you intend to perform with some intensity, because there is a risk of occasional injuries to the lower body, such as sprains or tendinitis, as well as problems in the back when arching to hit the steering wheel. Wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries are also possible. So if you want to stay fit for a longer period of time in your life then install top badminton set in your house and make a routine to play this healthy game regularly.
In addition, in the event of suffering a cardiac pathology, medical advice becomes essential, because it is necessary to know the level of demand to which the body can be subjected. In these cases, the specialist may indicate the need to undergo a stress test to avoid health complications.