Whilst we are spending an extraordinary amount of time at home with our family and outdoor activities are restricted, keeping youngsters as well as older family members entertained can be challenging.
I have been working my way through my group activity ideas, and my latest hopes were for something a little more demanding. A bonding activity for all ages to help with general fitness and agility, with a maximum entertainment level and most importantly minimal health risk, as an unexpected injury and visit to the local GP, is not on my ‘to do’ list at present.
Giving this challenge some thought, took me back to my childhood days and the hours of enjoyment I would have playing the wonderful game of table tennis.
Tabletennisreviews.com have a superb selection of table tennis tables for indoor and outdoor use if you are fortunate enough to have the space to accommodate one. If not, and you have a dining table large enough why not pick up a couple of paddles and ping pongs and make your own.
As well as being a fun physical activity, table tennis can help improve communication and build relationships as well as offer surprisingly great health benefits, which include the following:
Mind-body stimulation – An active game of table tennis stimulates mental alertness and concentration. The game utilises many different areas of the brain simultaneously as you are constantly tracking the ball and planning your next shots and strategies. This makes it the perfect game for younger players to sharpen their reflexes, and for older people to refine tactics improving their hand and eye co-ordination.
Aerobic exercise – Not only are you keeping your muscles and joints flexible, as you are using both the upper and lower body you will also be burning some additional calories too.
For the more mature members of the family or perhaps those with leg or knee injuries, there is nothing stopping you from sitting down whilst playing, after all, it is the taking part that is important not necessarily the winning!
Social interaction – is very important for mental health. In the ever-increasing connected world, we live in table tennis offers you a chance to step away from technology for a period of time, and bond with the person on the other side of the ping pong net.
It improves balance. Staying balanced and being able to quickly change direction is key to be a good table tennis player. The more you play, the more you can improve your sense of balance.
So, there you have it, if you are considering taking up table tennis, go for it! This is a great sport to challenge yourself, both mentally and physically, as well as the perfect way to be more social. When isolation is over, you may even decide to join a local club to utilise your newly discovered skills.