Table tennis has been a staple of British summertime for centuries, ever since its very earliest days (when it was once known as whiff-whaff, by the way). It embodies the finest qualities of the most addictive games – simple to pick up, but hard to master! Compared to more mainstream athletic games like football, rugby or tennis itself, most of us regard it as more of a fun pastime than a serious athletic pursuit. However, if you’re the sort of person who can happily knock out a quick game or two with your friends or family, you might be surprised to find out exactly how good for you that can be!
1. It’s good for your body
As we’ve just alluded to, table tennis is a more athletic game than many of us give it credit for. You’re never moving too far from the table, so it can be easy to underestimate exactly how much you’re exercising yourself over the course of a given game. Table tennis demands that you’re quick on your feet, and even though you’re only ever travelling to the other side of the table, it’s still a short burst of high-intensity exercise. Over time, those can really add up! With a table of sufficiently decent size - such as our prestigious Pembridge Bespoke Pool & Table Tennis Table - some experts estimate that you can burn up to 272 calories by playing for as little as an hour at a time. As you might expect, that’s great for your general health. In fact, it’s even level with leisure cycling as an activity to get fit!
Apart from the obvious aerobic exercise, it also improves your blood flow as you stay active. It also improves your reflexes something fierce. In professional matches, the ball can move up to 60mph! Most people probably won’t achieve that in the course of casual games, but keeping pace with the game still involves an immense amount of hand-eye co-ordination. On top of that, it’ll naturally improve your balance, too. We weren’t kidding when we said it’s good for you!
2. It’s good for your mind
This ties closely into what we’ve just been discussing about the speed of the ball – it improves your mental agility too. When you think about it, even in casual games you’re engaging your brain in a tonne of ways. You’re watching for that tiny ball, you’re reading your opponent, you’re calculating the angle of your next shot, and you’re positioning your body to line up the shot. We could go on! All this does wonders for your cognitive skills and awareness. For those of us over a certain age (we all get there eventually!), studies have shown that all this is a great way to prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s. So that’s a nice bonus – you can probably use it next time you challenge your gran to a game. Maybe on a table like our beautiful You & Me Table Tennis table, from renowned design house RS Barcelona.
3. It’s good for your soul
Table tennis is, above all, a social game. Any game that requires a minimum of two players is! In turn, that makes it a great game to socialise with your friends and family, maybe at a barbecue or two. (We wouldn’t be surprised, in this recent glorious weather!) It’s one of the many reasons that table tennis can help banish common feelings like loneliness, and its fast-paced nature means it’s difficult for your worries to sneak up on you when you’re midway through a game. Humans are social animals by nature – we draw energy and happiness from spending time in each other’s company. And obviously, from thrashing our friends and/or family in clear, undisputed victories. That’s important too!
Table tennis is something of a forte of ours here at the Games Room Company. As you can imagine, we’ve seen lots of interest in them lately, given the recent sunny weather! They’re far from our only summer game though. Our expansive Weybridge warehouse is literally packed full of them – so why not pop by, and see what we’ve got in stock? Don’t forget, you can always give us a call on 01932 282 123 – if you’ve got any questions, we’re always happy to help!