Table Tennis tables are common in schools, youth clubs, health centers, retirement communities and even work places. Playing Table tennis has a long list of incredible health benefits that very few people are aware of.
The sport continues to grow year on year and is one of the few sports that anyone from any age can play with ease and risk free.
The low-impact sport of table tennis stimulates many areas of the brain simultaneously and offers a huge range of mental benefits even for patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Interestingly, there is much attention in the news revealing how the sport of Table Tennis is ONE OF THE BEST THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITIES for The Brain!
Table Tennis happens to be the world’s best brain sport and is a better aerobic exercise than you might imagine; it gives your brain one heck of a workout.
A fascinating brain imaging study from Japan found that just 10 minutes of table tennis increases activity in the prefrontal cortex and cerebellum. It’s like aerobic chess. It’s great for hand-eye coordination and reflexes (cerebellum and parietal lobes).
You have to focus (prefrontal cortex) so you can track the ball through space, figure out spins (parietal lobes and occipital lobes), and plan shots and strategies (prefrontal cortex and cerebellum). Then you have to follow through and execute those tactics successfully (prefrontal cortex and cerebellum).
All the while, you have to stay calm so you don’t get too nervous on game point (basal ganglia). And you can’t dwell on the point you blew a few minutes ago (anterior cingulate gyrus) or blow your top when you make a mistake (temporal lobes).
We have been intrigued by the benefits of table tennis, so we decided to create this easy-to-follow infographic for your convenience.
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