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Simple Games Can Be Great For Health

By Tom Herrin

When people try to find ways to improve their health, they don’t have to get into a hard and heavy workout.  There are plenty of activities that can be easily learned and played by all kinds and ages.  Many people look long and hard for something that can restart their conditioning and provide a fresh outlook.  More than likely, they have participated before and simply not given it much thought.  If you are looking for that low stress activity that can provide bang for the buck, table tennis is a pretty good option.

It Can Burn Those Calories

With so many people trying to find ways to lose weight or get in shape, table tennis offers a great way to do so without getting into heavy duty exercise.  It can provide constant motion that requires some pretty good reactions.  Watching a game can remind us of just how important good reflexes are in  this game.  Whether people are old or young, it can provide the right setting for development of those reflexes, which is a critical part of conditioning for anyone.  These are lifelong needs.

Balance And Coordination Can Be Improved

The movement required while playing a game of table tennis is a natural way to improve coordination without being overly taxing.  The need to improve coordination never ceases.  For older individuals, the game can be just the right combination of challenge and repetition.  There is little chance of injury while playing as long as the area is properly arranged.   This makes it particularly appealing for older people.

It Can Improve Mental Sharpness

It is obvious that there is an opportunity to develop hand-eye coordination.  The constant movement of the ball requires people to be able to keep up.  Even if they struggle to start, with practice, they will be able to develop that coordination that is needed in everyday life.  Like so many other games, table tennis also requires strategy and anticipation.  Combine these things with the fact that it is a game that is easily played with limited equipment, it has tremendous social possibilities. Whether it is played with a group of friends or family members, it is great for conversation and taking turns.  If you are looking for a low stress activity that has lots of potential, dust off the extra table and spend the few dollars needed to purchase a set.  You may be amazed at the fun you will have. 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tucson, Ariz.


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