Benefits of Playing Table Tennis

Do you want to know the benefits of playing table tennis? Table tennis has become very popular these days. Many people playing the game of table tennis using table tennis tables can be found in most homes worldwide.

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You can learn to play table tennis even if you do not plan to play professionally.

People play table tennis for different reasons. Some play table tennis for fun and recreation and others play for body exercise and fitness.

Professional table tennis players play in table tennis tournaments and earn a living through the sport.

Playing ping pong is an excellent way to exercise your body and get into shape; it can improve your overall fitness level because it involves the movement of every part of your body.

According to psychologists’ tests, children who play table tennis players are more intelligent, and their thinking agility is superior to ordinary students. Hence the reason people call table tennis a “sport for smart people.”

  1. Whole Body Exercise

Exercise can’t just be focused on a specific part of the body. It is best to exercise as much of our body. Some muscles will start to have problems if they don’t get training for a long time.

For a while, I couldn’t lift my right arm, and sometimes sudden movements (such as being shrunk of my arm suddenly) would cause me serious pain. I went to the doctor, and the doctor said that it was muscle adhesion. I needed to go through physiotherapy and acupuncture.

And then, after the doctor’s request, I started to do arm loop back exercises. Finally, the adhesion muscles were pulled apart, and it took a few months to recover.

Many sports today are only focusing on one or a few physical parts for the exercises. Sports like running and jogging are exercises that only focus on the legs. The participation of muscles in these sports are limited.

Table tennis is different. The footwork requirements are very high, and it is a sport that involves the entire body’s exercise.

It involves speed and power. A person needs to run throughout the place the entire time, so all your leg muscles will have enough exercise.

The strength of the waist is also required. And the direction and strength of these limb movements are different. Some require outreach, and some need you to bend the body. 

  1. Easy To Find A Place To Play With

Finding a place to play table tennis is easy. It can almost be found everywhere. Playing table tennis does not need high-end places. It only requires a room, a ping pong table, and necessary equipment, and you can start to play ping pong right away.

Many households have a table tennis table in their living room.

If you cannot afford to buy a table tennis table, you can play in a local table tennis club that is not too far from your home.

  1. The Investment is Not Much

The most expensive piece of equipment you need to buy is the table tennis table. A decent table may cost you $200 to $300. But compared to other sports, the cost is not so much, and most people and companies have no issues buying the table tennis table.

It is not like other sports such as golf or ski where you need to buy a lot of gear and equipment to play the game. Table tennis is instead a less expensive sport choice for many people.

  1. It is Not Affected by the Weather Conditions

Some sports are often affected by the weather. Thus, it is difficult for them to persevere if they are involved in outdoor sports such as jogging or playing soccer.

While table tennis is an indoor sport, it is not affected by any weather conditions. It doesn’t matter if it is sunny, windy, rainy, or snowy, you can always play table tennis indoor. The sport is not affected by either high temperature or low temperature. It is an all-weather sports project.

  1. The Amount of Exercise is Just Nice for Many People

A sport always requires a certain amount of exercise. Some need strength, and some need endurance, some need to have a certain height, and some need you to exert a lot of power.

Table tennis is a very flexible sport. You can exert your whole body strength if you want to. You can play extensive arc shots, and you will get sweat in a short time. If you don’t have enough power, you can play with less force or play with a defensive strategy.

Anybody can play the game of table tennis, boys or girls, young and old. There is no age limit in table tennis, and there are also many of your favorite celebrities playing table tennis.

  1. Curing Eyes and Neck Problems

Our eyes are getting exhausted from staring at newspapers, books, TV, computers, mobile phone for many hours. The results of these long-term and fixed-distance uses of the eyes can only harm our eyes.

Besides, due to our sitting position and long hours of leaning our neck in front of a monitor screen, the number of people suffering from cervical and lumbar spondylosis increases.

If you play table tennis, you will have a chance to exercise your eyes, where the eyes will follow the table tennis ball to adjust the distance. It will relieve the stiffness and discomfort of the eye muscles.

So, when your eyes are feeling tired, play table tennis. Your eyes will feel refreshed without the need to use eye cleansing. 

When playing table tennis, you will simultaneously exercise your neck(cervical vertebrae) and waist(lumbar vertebrae). So, table tennis has a targeted effect on the most serious diseases that affect modern people’s quality of life, and the result is immediate.

  1. Table tennis is a Combination of Mental and Physical Sport.

Table tennis makes you mentally active because it is a fast-playing sport. It is suitable for your brain because it makes you mentally alert and increases your mental awareness.

To take the ping-pong competition initiative, a player needs to observe the opponent’s standing position to predict the direction of return shot. Besides, he also needs to study the opponent’s playing style, strengths, and weaknesses.

You may observe how the professional players keep their eyes on the opponent before serving and regularly change the hands’ movements and control the placement of the ball.

They will hit the ball to the most uncomfortable drop point on the opponent’s side. 

It seems like there is a road map in their minds. Thus, table tennis is a smart way to train your brain, and it may be the best combination of brain and body movement.

  1. Smart and Self-Confident

According to psychologists’ psychological test methods to test the psychological quality of outstanding children’s table tennis players in some provinces and cities in China, they generally have higher intelligence levels and better operation ability than ordinary students.

They are emotionally stable, self-confident, independent, quick thinking, and good coordination for their intellectual and personality factors.

In daily life, these people often appear to be alert, flexible, and coordinated. In short, table tennis does have some unique features that are not found in other sports, and the participants benefit from it for life.

  1. Making New Friends

Table tennis can make you meet new friends, mostly if you play in a table tennis club.

Table tennis is a competitive sport, and you will have to play with many different players.

For people who generally use table tennis as a physical exercise, competition is secondary. It is more important to make friends and built a good friendship.

In the joy of table tennis, you can exchange skills with your opponents through the game. It will help to improve each other playing skills and building a stronger friendship.

  1. It is a Non-Contact Sport

Table tennis is a non-contact sport, so bruises and injuries are not experienced like in some sports, and it doesn’t involve too much stress so that you can play table tennis according to your capacity.

Playing ping pong can make you sweat, burning excess fat in your body, and increasing your heart rate.

Since it is a non-contact sport, it offers improved fitness through the sport. You can also have greater control over getting injured when playing the game.

  1. Improve Balance and Coordination of the Body

Some elderly people often walk like a child learning how to walk. And we can see many people can’t live without a cane when they are getting older.

It is a problem with balance and coordination. It can be resolved with regular exercise, helping a person maintain normal balance and coordination.

Table tennis has a good effect on people’s reactions, sensitivity, balance, and coordination. Table tennis requires that the movements conform to specific rules and rhythm. It is necessary to cooperate with the whole body to make great shots.

For example, when smashing, each shot needs to be transferred and coordinated from the soles of the feet, legs, waist, arms, wrists, and fingers. And it also involves the pivot shifting of the player, shot control, and the speed of swinging.

These exercises can effectively improve the coordination of human functions. Thus, people who often play table tennis can generally be responsive and well-coordinated.

  1. Lose Weight

Table tennis will have a fast-moving action such as striding, jumping, and running. Playing for 1 to 2 hours of table tennis every day can effectively burn fat from the legs, abdomen, and arms.

Thus, if you want to lose weight, it is ideal for you to play for at least 2 hours every time.

Beginners can burn 200 – 350 calories per hour. While advanced players might exert more force doing more footwork, they can burn up to 500 calories in an hour.

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Warren Davies

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