Sunday, 25 November 2012

The November 30/30 Challenge - Day 25. Hit That Feathered Thang!



Welcome to Day Twenty Five of The November 30/30 Challenge.

Today's activity highlight is Badminton!


I've always enjoyed playing badminton. I've only ever played it for a bit of fun with my family or friends, but I always thought it was kind of, well, easy!

Obviously I haven't been playing it properly, because when I watch the matches at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, those players really work up a sweat!

According to the Fernando's Youth Badminton Academy, Badminton is:

"a racquet sport played by either two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles), who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court that is divided by a net. Players score points by striking a shuttlecock with their racquet so that it passes over the net and lands in their opponents' half of the court. A rally ends once the shuttlecock has struck the ground, and the shuttlecock may only be struck once by each side before it passes over the net.
The shuttlecock (or shuttle) is a feathered projectile whose unique aerodynamic properties cause it to fly differently from the balls used in most racquet sports; in particular, the feathers create much higher drag, causing the shuttlecock to decelerate more rapidly than a ball. Shuttlecocks have a much higher top speed, when compared to other racquet sports. Because shuttlecock flight is stubbornly affected by wind, competitive badminton is always played indoors. Badminton is also played outdoors as a casual recreational activity, often as a garden or beach game".

If you are the type of person that likes racquet sports, there are some great benefits from taking up Badminton for some exercise.
They include:

Social Interaction.

Lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.

Reduces blood pressure.

Weight loss.

Reduces stress.

Burns calories.

Improves reflexes.

Increases agility.

Tones muscles. 

Improves endurance.


Think of all the frustration you could get out by beating that little feathered thing around the court, as well!

Yep, sounds good to me!





          Tracey






4 comments:

  1. I'm really bad at all sport. Have no concentration or co-ordination. I exercise at home by myself which is a bit anti-social. Sigh.

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  2. But at least you're still doing it! That is the important thing! :)
    xx

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  3. I played badminton when I was at school and LOVED it. In junior school I won the girls singles, girls doubles and mixed doubles - it was great !
    Then I went to high school and they didn't offer it as a sport and I stopped - I am sad I did because I really enjoyed it. Maybe I should look at starting to play again - will have to see if there are any clubs on the coast here. (once my back is fixed of course !!!)
    I feel like a bit of a failure with this challenge - I was so excited to do it and after Warrior Dash it has all come to nought - I'm so sorry !!!!
    Have a great day !
    Me

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    1. Wow, so why I just think I'm good, you actually are good! lol

      Don't you dare feel like a failure, Linda! And don't you dare apologise! Looking after your back is far more important, and I know for a fact that as soon as it is sorted, you will be back out there exercising again, and that is what the whole challenge was about! I just hope it gets sorted quickly for you xx

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