Table Tennis: The health benefits of ping pong
Table Tennis has been around since the 1800’s and has become a popular indoor sport worldwide. Available at Langley Swimming Centre, Haden Hill Leisure Centre, Hadley Stadium and Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre, here are a few surprising health benefits of this fun sport.
Improves your reflexes
The short distance of the table and fast pace of the game improves motor skills.
Although not as high impact as it’s sister sport tennis you can still burn hundreds of calories without even realising it.
Improves your balance
The rapid movement and need for quick changes of direction in table tennis will improve your balance and build core strength.
It’s low impact
Table tennis is a perfect exercise when you don’t want to over-work your joints. It’s a great way to improve strength in your legs, arms and core if you suffer from joint pain.
Great for your brain
Awaiting your opponents strike uses the prefrontal cortex for strategic planning. Alzheimer’s Weekly have also reported that table tennis increases the flow of blood to the brain which can help prevent dementia.
It’s a social activity
Table tennis is a great way to socialise with a friend, you can socialise while you play and it’s perfect for all ages.
Table Tennis is available at Langley Swimming Centre, Haden Hill Leisure Centre, Hadley Stadium and Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre. You can view their times here. Always check with the centre you wish to play at beforehand for availability.