Top 5 Benefits of Playing Table Tennis

Health Benefits of table tennis

Author: John Karter, Last Updated on: 11/05/2019

Table Tennis (commonly known as Ping Pong) offers a number of unique benefits which not many sports provide. On the outset, its a common misconception that the sport is not physically demanding. This is a myth! Table tennis is one of the fastest indoor sport, and requires a great deal of stamina and quick reflexes.

In this post, I'll be highlighting the various benefits of playing this wonderful sport.

1. Health benefits that go beyond ‘it’s a sport’.

Unlike other sports, Table Tennis is quite a gentle on your body, almost injury-free and does not require any special skills at least till beginner level. And the best part is it's relatively easier to learn and a stress buster! 

People of all age groups can play and enjoy this sport. On an average you burn 500 calories per hour playing table tennis. Say goodbye to your good old treadmill.  

Table tennis is a high-Intensity sport which can help you improve your hand-eye coordination and increase your focus. As per this study, Ping Pong is highly beneficial for kids with ADHD.

The sport is all about reflexes and will keep you on your feet. It also helps in improving blood circulation to your heart.

Table tennis as a sport has more to offer than you actually think. This all-round sport provides immense health benefits which not many other sports do. 

2. Table Tennis is fun socially too

Table tennis is a great game to gel up friends, family and colleagues. Simple rules along with the ease of playing makes it a perfect recreational sport. Moreover, the game is not very physically demanding and at the same time very engaging. The sport is a great ice breaker helps you connect with your peers better. The sports brings the best out of everyone. You may even find out the funnier or competitive side of your loved one.

Looking to get even with your friend or had a bad day at office, just play ping pong and you sure are going to feel better. 

3. The Brain Game

If you have ever been at a game of table tennis, you’ll know that it is extremely swift. While the game itself is pretty simple, it demands all your focus and reflex.

If you look at it plainly, you just need to hit a ball to the net. However, it is extremely demanding too. You will always need to be alert of the ball and your partner’s moves.

No doubt, regular playing of TT keeps your body and brains sharp and accurate.

Table tennis is often referred to as a ‘super-sport’ – one that covers all aspects of healthy living and social interaction. Coordination and balance are also areas which TT covers. After all, you are hitting a small ball over a small net!

TT is quite an enjoyable game too. While you relish a game of table tennis, your brains produce serotonin – the brains ‘feel good’ chemical. That’s your brain’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to you and your body.

Thus, TT is the activity to opt for when you are looking to entertain yourself as well as connect with people!

4. TT helps develop and refine strategic thinking

Just as much as TT helps in developing mental alertness, it also improves hand-eye coordination. Motor skill, cognitive function, the flow of blood to the brain – these areas, reported by Alzheimer’s Weekly, are all aspects of human physiology that are reportedly improved when playing TT.

Since you have to study your opponent’s moves and devise your own within a fraction of a second, TT can also help improve your tactical strategy.

For younger players, table tennis is a great way to know and learn strategic thinking. For the older ones, it helps in bettering the same.

5. TT and the Reality of Today

Table tennis is perhaps one of the best-fit games in modern society. People are short of time, and always on the run. They often cannot afford to spend a lot of time to play complete outdoor games, until of course they’re passionate about it.

Now table tennis can be easily played anytime and anywhere you want to. In fact, many offices these days house TT boards in their recreational areas for employees.

You can just as well take a break from work and treat yourself to a game of TT for as less as 15 minutes! And this will sureky make you feel better at work.

TT is something which can take as long as you want it to, can be played at many different levels and places. Everyone from hospitality employees to project managers can find enjoyment with relative ease, with no realistic ‘negative’ effect (such as loss of time or money) in their lives.

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