You may be exposed to playing ping pong or table tennis before, maybe at home, in school, or other recreational places like arcades and gaming centres. Ping pong is definitely a popular game enjoyed by everyone, and it is also known to have advantages not just in giving fun and relaxation but also health benefits to anyone who wishes to play the game. Here are just some of the perks that you can get should you wish to have your very own table tennis table and paraphernalia at home.
Boost cardiovascular health. Compared to other cardio exercise workouts, ping pong is not a rigorous routine that can give you a heart-pumping experience. However, an hour’s worth of playing the game is still considered an aerobic exercise that can help regulate your blood circulation, improving your body’s performance and condition. Good circulation of oxygen-rich blood all over the body can also affect the quality of your sleep, memory, mental health, mood, and overall performance.
Weight loss. Have you been living a sedentary lifestyle, with minimal active participation in sports and recreational activities and more on leisure and deskbound routines? Maybe playing basic table tennis is a great option for you to start flexing out your body muscles and lose the excess weight that you have been dealing with for quite a while. Studies show that an hour of playing this table game can help you burn at least 280 calories. This may not be as big as doing gym workouts, but a little at a time can definitely go a long way. Start smart and small, but start now.
Low impact activity. We have mentioned earlier that ping pong is not a very physically-draining game compared to other exercise routines or workouts. You can look at this as an advantage, especially if we are thinking about the health and safety of players in the extremes of age. Your children and parents may not be physically capable of performing weight and strength conditioning routines, but they still need to work out and exercise their body and mind. Playing table tennis is indeed a good option for them to do both without risking them to have injuries or mishaps.
Brain stimulation. Working out not just your muscles but your brain as well, playing table tennis is both a physical and mental game at the same time. As you move your arms to hit the ball, your brain is being stimulated as you create techniques and strategies on how to outwit your opponent and win the game. It lets you stay calm during the game, maintain your focus, react to each hit, and plan your next moves. This ensures that your cognitive health is well stimulated throughout the game.
Improved reflexes. As your focus on the game gets intense, your body memorises your moves, letting you instantaneously react to each hit and react to the impulse automatically. Your muscle reflexes and memory kicks in, especially if you have been regularly playing the game and treating it as your daily form of body and brain exercise.