Playing badminton regularly can provide a series of physical and mental benefits.
Playing badminton provides not only the camaraderie of physical fitness with a partner, but also an opportunity to burn calories to help you lose fat or avoid fat gain. Spend 90 minutes playing this sport and you'll burn hundreds of calories to help you meet your fitness goals. As with any activity, your weight influences the speed at which you burn calories.
Play Singles for a Better Burn
Playing badminton for a 90-minute stretch can provide a solid workout that is an effective calorie burner. According to HealthStatus, a person who weighs 160 pounds burns about 489 calories in 90 minutes of badminton. A 190-pound person burns about 581 calories in the same length of game. If you choose to play doubles badminton, you'll burn fewer calories because you won't cover as much of the court.
A Moderate Calorie Burn
Badminton might not be synonymous with an up-tempo exercise, but its calorie burn is consistent with several other forms of exercise. HealthStatus notes that badminton burns calories slightly faster than walking at 3 mph and playing doubles tennis, but burns calories slower than singles tennis, half-court basketball, jogging at 5 mph and bicycling between 12 and 14 mph.
Healthier Heart, Bones and Muscles
Playing badminton provides a wealth of health benefits beyond helping you burn calories. In an article in "Best Health" magazine, trainer Susan Agrios notes that badminton's constant stops and starts are an efficient form of interval training and can help strengthen your heart. The sport also works your leg, core, arm and shoulder muscles and its weight-bearing nature improves your bone density. As an aerobic exercise, badminton also decreases your blood pressure, prevents certain diseases and improves your mood.
Play Your Way to a Slimmer Body
Playing badminton for 90 minutes might feel exhilarating, but finding time for this workout several days per week can play a key role in weight loss. Although successful weight loss also relies on a reduction in your calorie intake, getting about 300 minutes of aerobic exercise on a weekly basis can help you burn enough calories to begin to lose weight. If you enjoy playing badminton in 90-minute periods, you'd need fewer than four such workouts to surpass the 300-minute guideline.