The spotlight is currently very much on the obesity epidemic and low levels of participation in sports. We have become an increasingly unfit and overweight population with an urgent need for action. The trouble is that we are all very adept at providing excuses for our inactivity, some of which are entirely legitimate.
In order to get fit you must have the time, the money and the inclination to do so. Sports and activities which require a huge investment of time or which will involve costly instruction and equipment are out of the question for many. Some sports will require regular attendance at classes or clubs which would not be possible for those who travel for work or are coping with awkward shifts. Other sports require a certain level of fitness before you can participate. So there are problems but one sport that is well worth considering is badminton and here’s why.
- You don’t need to be fit to start playing. Anyone can get into this sport even if they have limited mobility.
- You don’t require any special skills or experience to play. Anyone can have fun playing badminton even if they have never seen a shuttlecock before. Your ability isn’t the point and should not be a factor.
- No instruction is necessary. You won’t have to pay for lessons before you get involved. Just read up on the rules and start playing!
- You don’t have to join a club to participate. As long as you can find at least one other person who is prepared to give it a go you are all set.
- The equipment is inexpensive and all you need is a racquet and a few shuttles. Even an average racquet will last for some considerable time. Choosing equipment is easy because you don’t need to concern yourself with sizes and fit. It is not like buying a pair of skis or a riding hat.
- Access is easy. Virtually every local sports centre has badminton courts available and they can be booked in person, over the phone or online. Sports centres generally have long opening hours and so a game can be squeezed into most people’s schedules.
- Courts booked by the hour are very affordable and many sports centres will have membership schemes that will yield discounts for regular players.
- Badminton is not seasonal. The game is played indoors and so is not dependent on or affected by the weather. This is a sport that can help to keep you fit year round.
- Badminton is a great workout. Once you have developed a little ability you will running around that court getting fit and burning calories.
- The sport can be played at your own pace and to your capabilities and so is suitable for people of all ages. Badminton is not something you have to give up when you reach a certain age or a sport which has to be overly physical if you have a condition which makes intense activity difficult.
Article by Sally Stacey