The 10th October 2017 is World Mental Health day!
Research by the Mental Health Foundation suggests that low-intensity aerobic exercise – for 30–35 minutes, 3–5 days a week, for 10–12 weeks – was best at increasing positive moods (e.g. enthusiasm, alertness). Ulster Badminton are all for this!!!
Being on court and playing badminton has many benefits from both a physical and mental aspect including:
- The social interaction of a game helps build confidence and results in positive feelings after a session on court.
- Helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression by taking your mind off everyday life.
- Improves concentration levels and helps you become more focused, alert and agile. If you play doubles, you need good teamwork and awareness of what is going on around you.
- Playing badminton engages your brain in a positive way by having to think about what you’re doing – whether it’s deciding where to serve, reacting quickly to a smash, or where to stand on court.
- Playing badminton increases endorphins, which are the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters – you feel this after winning a particularly long rally and of course it’s always nice to win a match!
- People who play the game for an hour daily are more attentive, adjusted and also have more active cardiovascular and neuro-humoral responses to mental stress.
Who is interested then?? If so contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02892668392 and find out where your nearest courts, Leisure Centre, School or club is and get started on your badminton journey!
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