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Badminton great sport to do during your free time

Updated on September 17, 2011

Badminton as recommended sport during free time

What kind activities that usually people did during their free time? I wonder. As for me, once i found pleasure in watching drama, the whole episode in one sitting, then goes to movies, watch video clips which is not my language, then going back to reading, and now writing. Then it hit me. One day, I saw at scale that my weight wasn't pretty. I know why it has happen. I cannot blame on my food intake only, it also because of what I like to do during my free time.

My free time activities usually involved sitting or lying and with bad and unhealthy food intakes. Junk food while watching your favourite drama or movie can be a heaven. As my weight has increased, I had to do something. I read about weight loss, and even wanted to sign up for a slimming beauty salon. But, wow, it is very expensive. Then I read that in order for the wight loss to be consistent, I must do things consistently, like jogging three times a week. All the choices kind hassle to me, then it hit me, how I used to like playing badminton.

Well, there can be any kind of exercises that can you or me do it, but in this lense, I will lay out why badminton is a great sport to do and able help to lose weight too. For me badminton is easy to play, cheap equipments and you can play almost anywhere, because it does not require big space to play it.

History of badminton

Now let us know a little bit about badminton, my ultimate favourite sport.

From wikipedia :

The beginnings of Badminton can be traced to mid-18th century British India, where it was created by British military officers stationed there.[2] Early photographs show Englishmen adding a net to the traditional English game of battledore and shuttlecock. Being particularly popular in the British garrison town Poona (now Pune), the game also came to be known as Poona.[2][3] Initially, balls of wool refereed as ball badminton were preferred by the upper classes in windy or wet conditions, but ultimately the shuttlecock stuck. This game was taken by retired officers back to England where it developed and rules were set out.

As early as 1860, Isaac Spratt, a London toy dealer, published a booklet, Badminton Battledore - a new game, but unfortunately no copy has survived.[4]

The new sport was definitively launched in 1873 at the Badminton House, Gloucestershire, owned by the Duke of Beaufort. During that time, the game was referred to as "The Game of Badminton," and the game's official name became Badminton.[5]

Until 1887, the sport was played in England under the rules that prevailed in British India. The Bath Badminton Club standardized the rules and made the game applicable to English ideas. The basic regulations were drawn up in 1887.[5] In 1893, the Badminton Association of England published the first set of rules according to these regulations, similar to today's rules, and officially launched badminton in a house called "Dunbar" at 6 Waverley Grove, Portsmouth, England on September 13 of that year.[6] They also started the All England Open Badminton Championships, the first badminton competition in the world, in 1899.

The International Badminton Federation (IBF) (now known as Badminton World Federation) was established in 1934 with Canada, Denmark, England, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales as its founding members. India joined as an affiliate in 1936. The BWF now governs international badminton and develops the sport globally.

While set out in England, competitive men's badminton in Europe has traditionally been dominated by Denmark. Indonesia, South Korea, China and Malaysia are among the nations that have consistently produced world-class players in the past few decades and dominated competitions on the international level, with China being the most dominant in recent years.

Benefits of badminton

More about badminton

Benefits of badminton are that it can be played anywhere and by anyone. It doesn't need a very large field to play and only needs two player to play it. Unlike some games, only the rich can play it, and it is already troublesome to find place to play, let alone the costly equipment could hinder anyone to participate. But badminton is not. You can play in a field, in a grass at your own lawn (that what I did) or even in hall. As long as the roof is high, it will be ok.

Who says it an easy game? It looks like it, but it require hardwork to be able good at it. As you keep chasing the ball and high up your hand, your body will sore afterward. But it so addicting and you want to try to try more.

This game makes you to run, to jump and to chase the ball the beat the opponent. The more you play, the faster you will chased, and the harder you will hit the ball. The game forced you to used all your body to able to hit and reply back to your opponent. It is fun. Even my nephew and nieces like to play it.

Watch My All time Favourite Player play - He is Lee Chong Wei,

A Malaysia and a renown badminton player. His skill amazed me and his perseverance is amazing.

My father playing badminton wearing a "sarong" - With his grandson

Playing badminton
Playing badminton

See, how easy to play badminton, even just by wearing a 'sarong". A sorng or in my place called kain pelikat is a guy skirt wearing during leisure time. Even while wearing this sarong, my father can play happily with his grandson, my nephew.

The picture is taken in front of my father's house. ^_^

My brothers playing badminton

playing badminton
playing badminton

Even my brothers at times playing badminton just using jeans and slippers. this is our family sports and we really enjoy it.


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    • CruiseReady profile image

      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      We sure enjoyed Bamiton when we were kids!

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      Marigold Tortelli 6 years ago

      Badminton sounds fun. I'll have to give it a try.

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      cinstress 6 years ago

      I love watching this in the Olympics. Thanks for sharing the history of it

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      masz09 6 years ago

      @thesuccess2: yes it is, that's why i can play it inside my house when there is no ceiling. thank you for reading it. ;)

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      What always amazes me about badminton is how the small the court seems - until you play of course