When it comes to bat sports, there are plenty of fun ones out there that you can play but, in my opinion, badminton is the one that you should consider playing. I have been playing badminton for over three years now and I am really glad that I took it up. Below I am going to explain some reasons as to why you should consider playing badminton, and I hope that by the end of this page I will have convinced you to pick up a racket and some shuttlecocks and take up one of the best bat sports ever.
Bat Sports Offers a Great Way to Lose Weight
Unlike with other sports that have a lot of running, the rallies in badminton are really quick. Hitting a shuttlecock back and forth is really exhausting and requires quick sprinting in order to make sure that you win the point. Eventually, someone will lose the point, but you will only have a very short recovery time before it is time for the next serve. This high intensity running, followed by a very short break, makes sure that your heart rate stays very high. However, since you are getting a few moments to get your breath back, you do not really notice how hard you are actually working. Badminton is fantastic for burning fat and playing for just an hour can see you burn around 500 calories, which is more than you will burn when you go for a run.
It Will Help Improve Your Cardiovascular Health
Playing a game of badminton will lower your bad cholesterol levels while increase your good cholesterol levels. Badminton is also an activity that will strengthen your heart, which makes it a great sport for those who have heart issues. Playing badminton regularly will also lower your heart’s resting rate, which is something that is really beneficial to your overall health. By playing badminton two to three times a week you can significantly decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke later on in your life.
Improves Your Reflexes
When you are playing a game of badminton, you have to be really focused. If you lose your concentration for a split second, you will make a mistake and end up losing the point. You also have to teach yourself to react to what is happening in front of you. There are many people that call badminton the chess of sports as you have to react to the strategies of your opponent. For example, your opponent might pretend that he is going to smash the shuttlecock back at you, but at the last minute change his mind and flick it over the net. You have to be able to read this move, so that you can get to the net in time in order to return it back. If your reflexes are poor, you will not win many games of badminton. However, the more you play, the better your reflexes will become in time.
Helps to Build Endurance
This is a benefit that I have experienced myself firsthand. I am a very active guy and I have climbed some of the world’s biggest mountains (albeit with quite a bit of puffing). However, since I have started playing badminton, I find myself puffing a lot less than when I did some climbing before I started playing badminton. I outpaced nearly everybody in the group, and I put that down to my regular badminton practice.
It Can be Played at Any Level
Many people think that badminton is an easy game, which is quite an annoying assumption for those of us who know that it is actually one of the more physically demanding sports that you can play. However, it is a sport that anyone can play, which is great. Little children cannot play tennis because the ball and the racket are heavy, and they will never manage to serve properly. However, kids can definitely play badminton. Old people, those with a handicap, and those with poor levels of fitness can also play. Badminton is a sport that is happy to accept anyone big or small, fat or thin, and so on.