Monday, January 17, 2011
Badminton, a healthy option
When I was in college, I used to play badminton, though not the competition type but at least I get to play it every week with my college friends. Back then, little did I know that playing badminton would have some positive effects in one's health. Studies say that playing badminton for at least 30 minutes a day can help lower bad cholesterol and in turn increase good cholesterol (yep, it does exist guys!). It also raises one’s heart rate and keep metabolism at a healthy rate. You can also substitute your regular health club workouts (gold’s, slimmer’s etc) with a three-game badminton match which is equivalent of a total aerobic workout, since it exercises almost every muscle in our body. Playing badminton requires repetitive arms and leg movements similar to weightlifting, but instead of external weights it is our body’s momentum that creates its own weight lifting workout. So if you are not into gaining muscles or bulking up and would just simply like to tone your muscles, badminton is a sure game for you.
The good news with playing badminton is that it is not just for young enthusiasts but also for the young at hearts or those that are in their middle age already. A game of badminton for them would strengthen their heart muscles; lower their heart rate and blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Of course all extreme physical activities should have prior consultation and approval from their physician.
I say try playing badminton for those who have not yet played this game, but be sure to prepare properly before engaging in any badminton matches or games and make sure that you do the proper stretching and warm-ups as this would help prevent any injuries related to playing the sport of badminton.