World Health Day – Pick Up a Racket and Get Active

April 7, 2022

Badminton continues to be one of the most popular sports, played by over 339 million people worldwide, as revealed in a BWF commissioned report by Nielsen in 2019.

Badminton is the fastest racket sport in the world and is one of the only sports in which men and women of all ages and abilities can compete equally. A single match can provide a wide range of health advantages.

Getting physically active doesn’t mean pumping iron at the gym or running; there are lots of ways to get active, so just make sure to pick the right one for you.

To commemorate World Health Day, BWF has not only compiled a fantastic list of reasons to get involved with badminton, but mixed doubles pair Gregory Mairs and Jenny Moore from England have joined in on the action to show how much badminton can help improve your health.

  • Badminton assists in the prevention of stress.
  • It helps with self-esteem enhancement and keeps away problems with weight.
  • Playing badminton encourages a positive attitude, self-awareness and better expression.
  • Badminton improves co-ordination, balance, agility and speed
  • Playing recreational badminton raises heart rates to 80-85 per cent of the players’ predicted maximum heart rate which is significantly higher for that of tennis.
  • During 20 minutes of badminton, players will make at least 350 changes in direction of 90 degrees or more, building speed, strength, agility, and flexibility.
  • The social interaction of a badminton game can help build confidence and results in positive feelings after a game – plus you can play single or doubles
  • Playing badminton engages your brain in a positive way by having to think about what you’re doing – whether it’s deciding where to serve, reacting quickly to a smash, or where to stand on court.
  • The average person burns 475-525 calories per hour playing a social game of badminton. With a competitive game, they can burn 500-675 calories per hour.

Regularly playing badminton may help ease health conditions by releasing feel-good endorphins and other natural brain chemicals to enhance your sense of well-being and help take your mind off worries to get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that can feed depression.

Badminton is a sport for all and is hugely beneficial for children with intellectual disabilities, as it can be utilised to improve a child’s attention level and physical fitness, as revealed by Akin et al 2017, Chen et al 2021.

You can also get involved with AirBadminton – an ambitious project in partnership with HSBC, BWF’s Global Development Partner, designed to create opportunities for people of all ages and ability to play badminton on hard, grass and sand surfaces in parks, gardens, streets, playgrounds, and beaches around the world.

Be sure to also check out our free Shuttle Time activities, designed to provide children with a positive image of badminton through many opportunities to have fun, engage with others, and experience success.

DID YOU KNOW: Regular play is also great for keeping hearts healthy, conditioning and strengthening the heart muscle, reducing hypertension, and limiting the risk of blood vessels clogging.

To see the benefits for yourself, pick up a racket and give it a go with your family and friends today!