It is a well-known fact that exercising and playing sports helps in maintenance of your physical fitness, mental fitness, burn calories, uplifts the mood and so on. Hitting the gym, yoga, cycling, swimming, running etc can provide you with these above benefits.
But what if you get all of this in one sport?
Yes!! There exists a sport that is a combination of all kinds of sports and provides all-around fitness to you. It is the most fun loving and an easy to play sport (hear that you lazy arses).
The sport is tennis’ not-so-lesser know cousin- Badminton. This cool and fun game provides you with all the benefits other sports provide. But we bring you 5 lesser know benefits of playing badminton.
A game a day keeps the doctor away
A regular game badminton keeps many major diseases away from you.
The main health benefit of playing badminton is that it helps in reducing bad cholesterol (LDL, VLDL) and increases the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in your body.
Bad cholesterols decrease the size of blood vessels which may lead to heart attack and strokes. Playing badminton helps to unclog the blocked walls of heart which leads to a better blood flow. This increases the level of HDL in body and also strengthens the heart muscles too.
Badminton helps in calming down the basal heart rate i.e. it helps in decreasing the elevated number of beats per minute. This leads to a significant decrease in blood pressure which reduces hypertension. Thus badminton helps in reducing hypertension without drugs.
Badminton helps in getting enough physical activity within an hour to decrease the blood sugar levels. This decreases the overall production of sugar by the liver in the blood. This helps in keeping diabetes at bay.
The key to a successful and sustainable weight loss is a good metabolism.
Playing badminton improves the cardio-pulmonary function so that your body habitual of sweating naturally. Sweating helps in speeding up metabolism by removing toxins from your body.
A high metabolism rate breaks down of protein, fat and carbs faster which lead to a faster weight loss and boosted energy levels.
Increase in bone density
Playing badminton is very beneficial especially for women and elderly. Osteoporosis is a medical condition, which make the bones lose their density due to complex interactions between the body hormones, bone forming and bone dissolving cells.
Playing badminton increases the bone density. It helps in the growth of bone-forming cells which promotes the activity of these cells. This helps in the assimilation of calcium in the bone matrix which leads to more strengthened and denser bones.
Give your snore a flying birdie
Snoring happens when air can’t move freely through the nose and throat during sleep. Aerobic exercises can help you reduce or stop snoring.
Badminton, the racquet and shuttlecock (birdie) game, is the best type of aerobic exercise. It improves lung function significantly and helps in developing a proper breathing mechanism that is more through the nose and lesser from the mouth.
So sayonara snoring!!!
Badminton is fun
People who are not in the habit of regular exercise should take up badminton. It is easy and fun to play. An hour of into this game goes like minutes, burning about 450 calories.
Badminton also helps you feel fresh, strong, motivated and enthusiastic. It drains out the anxiety and stress and makes you feel young and lively. So play badminton and build a better self esteem.