Shuttling to good health

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Dream big Be like national badminton player Sania Nehwal
Dream big Be like national badminton player Sania Nehwal

Rema Sundar rediscovers the joy and benefits of playing badminton

Badminton is a popular sport. With a few hundred rupees, one can get the basic paraphernalia needed (racquet and shuttlecock) to play this energising game that is also an excellent exercise. A plus point of this sport lies in the fact that it can be played both indoors and outdoors.

Recalling the fun times I used to have playing badminton in the front yard of my ancestral home, I decide to try out the indoor court of Trivandrum Women’s Club at Kowdiar.

Probably one of the first to provide facilities for indoor badminton in the city, the Women’s Club has seen its women members actively playing badminton even before the twin courts were thrown open in 1962.

Over the years, Women’s Club has been a favoured spot for women looking forward to a refreshing hour of sporting activity with friends. The club has also been a grooming ground of many a competitor at the State- and national-level woman championships.

At the venue, I see members of the club, who are regular badminton players come comfortably attired to indulge in an hour or two of hard hitting and volleying.

Balu, a coach at the club, says: “Badminton can be played by people of all ages. Playing regularly for an hour a day can bring about weight/abdomen reduction besides making the mind sharper.”

Other than the benefits that accrue to the body and the mind, the players also relish the sense of bonhomie and camaraderie.

Leena Raju, who is the secretary of the Club, says: “The game promotes better vibes with members of all age groups, from the twenties to the sixties. We are able to forget our domestic worries and tensions during that hour of play.”

Says Jyothi Nair, a regular badminton player at the club, “As we run to earn our points, we forget that we are exercising.”

Although the game can be played by all, Balu cautions that patients with hypertension and heart complaints should get started only with the advice of their physician.

For those who are planning to take to the game for fitness, Balu adds, “A regimen of 10 minutes of warm-up time before playing and 10 minutes of stretching time after playing is needed.”

The facility at the club is open to members between three and eight p.m. on all days except Sunday.

Members are expected to bring their own racquets while the shuttlecock is furnished by the Club.

The Club also has badminton coaching camps (vacation and regular) for girls between the ages of nine and 14.

Periodic competitions are also organised by the Club to keep its members fit and healthy.

Bottom line: High on accessibility, physical and mental health benefits, and low on expense. Contact: 2721664

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