Playing Table Tennis improves ones hand-eye coordination and in turn stimulates mental alertness. It also improves ones ability to concentrate on simultaneously building tactical strategies. This makes table tennis the perfect game for young people to sharpen reflexes, and for older
people to refine tactics.
Table Tennis develops mental acuity:
The speed, spin and placement of the ball are a crucial part of table tennis, and
practiced players are highly skilled in both creating and solving puzzles involving these three attributes.
The sport improves our vision and ability to predict the opponent’s next step.
Due to the fast-paced, short-distance nature of the sport, both gross and fine muscle movements are improved. The game is distinguished by bursts of exertion and recovery, leading to fast-
twitch muscle development.
It’s easy on the joints:
Have you had knee surgery, back problems, tired of twisting your ankles? Try table tennis. It’s a great way to improve your leg, arm and core strength without overtaxing your joints.
A 150-pound person can burn 272 calories by playing table tennis for an hour.
Considering the fact that the sport is entertaining and addictive, it can be a fun and easy way to burn
Offers a social outlet:
Whether you play in the community center or at home with friends, table tennis offers a great way to bond with other people while you lose weight. As young and old people can
play the game, it can help in improving communication and building relationships, irrespective of age.
Keeps your brain sharp.
A positive case study concluded:
‘Table tennis leads to a clear increase in motor skills and cognitive
After a series of preliminary clinical studies in Japan found that
table tennis markedly increases the flow of blood to the brain, and could possibly even prevent
dementia as well as life threatening mental illnesses like Alzheimer’s.
Following the ping pong ball as it moves quickly toward you, and following its
trajectory as your opponent hits it, helps you to improve your hand-eye coordination at a great level.
Staying balanced even after changing stances and directions is the key for being successful in a ping pong rally.
Stimulates various different parts of the brain:
By anticipating an opponent’s shot, a player uses the prefrontal cortex for strategic planning. The aerobic exercise from the physical activity of the game
stimulates the hippocampus usually known as the “store house of memory” , the part of the brain that is responsible for allowing us to form and retain
long-term facts and events. It increases our ability to remember, retain, put them into action and gain results.