Ping-pong or table tennis is not only an exciting but also a healthy game. It has a positive effect on many body systems and gives a powerful psychotherapeutic effect.
Physical benefits of ping-pong
Dexterity, quickness of reaction
A ping-pong ball can develop the speed of 120-170 km / h, and it`s trajectory changes after each strike. Our opponent has to move and make decisions very quickly.
Training of your vestibular system
In ping-pong, you should move clearly and constantly monitor the ball, which changes direction and moves with incredible speed. It is the best exercise for the development of the vestibular system. Ping-pong is recommended for all who suffer from motion sickness in transport.
Playing ping-pong, a person is constantly watching the ball, which is either close or far away. Such training for our eyes helps to maintain excellent vision, relieves fatigue after a long work in front of a computer monitor. Ophthalmologists strongly recommend ping-pong for people with eyesight problems.
A healthy heart, stamina
The fast pace of ping-pong helps to strengthen the cardiovascular system, bringing our blood pressure back to normal. Blood circulation is increased after the second minute of training, so the consumption of oxygen increases too.
Development of our motor skills
Ping-pong contributes to the formation of a neat calligraphic handwriting, helps in the development of artistic abilities. Ping-pong training is especially recommended for children who have some difficulties at writing and reading.
Strengthening of your muscles
Playing table tennis, a player keeps his legs in a semi-bent position. It helps to use the leg muscles particularly effectively.
On energetic costs, it takes the 5th place (located between big tennis and swimming). Aerobic load, rapid pace and the absence of long pauses help to lose weight.
Table tennis develops and maintains high mobility of the joints. The wrist, ulnar, humeral and hip joints and vertebral column are involved during the game. Flexibility helps the player to react lightly to the movement of the ball and respond with an accurate strike.
Psychotherapeutic benefits of ping-pong
High concentration of attention
The player constantly keeps in mind the overall picture of the match and remembers the score, and sorts through the possible techniques. However, he is still continuously watching the ball, while not losing the sight of it even for a second.
Development of analytical and operational thinking
A table tennis player should think through several moves ahead. But at the same time in this game, there are no pauses to reflect.
During the game of table tennis, it is impossible to think about anything other than about the game itself. All the other thoughts simply do not remain. Table tennis is a game for those who care about their health.