I’m in a gym. Laughter echoes off the cinderblock walls and shoes squeak on the hardwood floor. My heart’s racing and I’m squinting against the lights. No, it’s not a gruesome flashback to my Grade 9 physical education. Rather, it’s Tuesday night and I’m having a good time playing badminton. A friend welcomed me to join her at a cost-free drop-in night at the local school and I impulsively stated yes. Much to my surprise, I’m getting a wonderful workout, too: running, stretching, leaping and lunging simply as quickly as my 36-year-old reflexes will go. The 90 minutes fly past. When was the last time you could state that about an aerobics class?
“I love the complexity of badminton, states Vancouverite Anna Rice, the present nationwide champion, who represented Canada at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Plus, you’re playing versus a direct opponent so you’ve got somebody who brings their own design to the game.
Playing badminton also brings loads of wellness benefits. It’s a terrific and fun method to get in shape, keeps in mind Susan Agrios, a physical fitness trainer in Edmonton who coaches and plays competitive badminton.
Your core muscles get worked, too. And of course the arm and back muscles on the side you hold your racquet are getting a workout, states Agrios. For a recreational badminton player, this all adds up to about 450 calories burned per hour (based on a 150-lb lady).
How to get included
You can discover a game just about throughout Canada. Numerous leisure centres and racquet clubs provide singles or doubles games for a small cost; my little home town in northwestern Ontario provides a cost-free, regular pick-up session in the school fitness center. Bigger centres also have badminton clubs that provide competitions and lessons. You can discover the standard abilities quite quickly, even if you’re a not-very-muscular novice like me, and you do not always should appear with a partner. Simply consult the club beforehand to see if drop-in games are a choice.
You can often play year-round, although if, like me, you’re playing in a school, the program might shut down in the summer season– however that’s fine; it’s enjoyable to whack the shuttle bus around on the coastline or in the yard. Like most sports, it’s finest to play against somebody who’s slightly better than you, so you can improve your game without getting disappointed.
Injury rates for badminton are rather low after all, it’s not a contact sport. You will in some cases see shoulder, knee or ankle injuries, but if you learn ways to swing and move your feet appropriately, you’re less most likely to obtain injured, discusses Agrios.
Exactly what about shoes? You’ll be fine with a cross-trainer, but if you start playing more you need to get court shoes, she states. A running shoe has a thicker, cushier sole, and it’s not created for multidirectional movement, so you run the risk of rolling your ankle. Court shoes have thinner, more versatile soles that grip the floor so you can easily move in different directions.” Anticipate to pay about $50 and up for court shoes, and $70 and up for badminton shoes. Include a T-shirt and some shorts or track trousers, and you’re great to go. Warm up and cool down with a brisk walk (or jog) and stretch. To be safe, if you have a heart condition, contact your physician prior to starting.
Plus, you’re playing against a direct challenger so you have actually got someone who brings their own design to the game. It’s a remarkable and enjoyable means to get in shape, keeps in mind Susan Agrios, a physical fitness trainer in Edmonton who coaches and plays competitive badminton. And of course the arm and back muscles on the side you hold your racquet are getting an exercise, shares Agrios. Like most sports, it’s best to play against somebody who’s slightly better than you, so you can improve your game without getting annoyed.
You’ll be great with a cross-trainer, however if you begin playing more you need to get court shoes, she states.