Health + Fitness
Ping pong is both a brain game and incredibly physical. Featuring a fast-paced mix of aerobics, strategy and hand-eye coordination, ping pong combines both physical and mental exercise to achieve the ultimate in health and fitness.
To dive a little deeper, outdoor ping pong delivers in leaps and bounds:
Being a part of a social community that is not defined by age, gender or class improves your mental health and wellbeing.
For young people, at the critical growth stage in their motor learning and development, ping pong helps develop neuromuscular skill, conditioned reflexes and prolonged concentration.
Anticipating your opponent's shot engages the prefrontal cortex - a part of the brain used for strategic planning and decision making.
Increased evidence supports a link between playing ping pong and the prevention or reduction of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
The aerobic exercise of ping pong stimulates the hippocampus - the part of your brain responsible for forming and retaining long-term facts and information.
Increasing the flow of blood to your brain increases your motor skills and cognitive awareness.
Playing ping pong develops mental acuity, alertness, concentration and tactical strategy.
Rallies and practice improves your hand-eye coordination, balance and reflexes.
The low-impact but physical nature of ping pong improves leg, arm and core strength without the high risk of injuries.
The bursts of exertion and recovery in ping pong burns plenty of calories.
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"There is a lot going on in table tennis - attention is increasing, memory is increasing, you have a better mood. And you're building motor circuits in your brain."
Dr Wendy Suzuki, Professor of Neural Science and Psychology, New York University