There are many things that have happened and are still happening that continue to affect the world’s economy. Inflation is off the charts in many places worldwide, and life has just gotten more and more expensive in general. It’s no wonder that more people have begun to realize that it’s vital to ‘tighten the belt,’ as they say.
Tightening the belt is all well and good, of course, but that doesn’t mean that you should be making any compromises when it comes to your health.
Gym memberships can be expensive, and if you don’t go, you end up wasting your monthly membership fees. Plus, you’ll also have to think about the gas costs on top of all of that.
If you’re a casual gym goer who doesn’t necessarily use all the equipment for weight lifting and bodybuilding, there are many alternatives you can consider — including table tennis (also known as ping pong). Let’s take a look at how a ping pong table in your home can help.
Looking at Costs
One of the first things you might think of is how exactly you’re supposed to save if you have to buy a ping pong table in the first place.
True, you’ll need to make an initial investment to purchase a ping pong table, but they come in various budgets to help you find one that fits the amount you’re willing to spend. And once you purchase your table and your ping pong paddles (and balls), you won’t have to pay for any memberships. It’s a one-time purchase and doesn’t cost you any more money for gas.
But What About Space?
You may be asking this question if you don’t have massive open spaces to accommodate a table. There’s also a solution: there are smaller tables. There are even portable, foldable tables that allow you to set them up anywhere you need — then when you’re done, you can simply fold them up and put them away.
If you’re still unsure, you can consider trying table tennis out first at a local fitness club or any other location that offers tables for use. This way, you can test out the sport and feel if it’s for you before you make your investment.
Benefits of Ping Pong for Health and Fitness
Beyond being more affordable in the long run, ping pong also offers plenty of health benefits that make it a great candidate for replacing your gym membership.
- Ping pong offers aerobic exercise. As a fast-paced sport, ping pong can really get your heart racing. Play it for long enough, and before you know it you’ve done all your necessary cardio for the day. This type of exercise is excellent for heart health and can help you feel fitter and healthier all around — on top of helping you lose weight with proper diet management.
- With the right form, ping pong can be much gentler on joints. As long as you work hard to keep your form right, the fast-paced and swift movements involved in table tennis don’t put any extra strain on your body’s joints. That means even those with joint issues can enjoy the sport.
- Ping pong helps to improve your hand-eye coordination. Improving your hand-eye coordination and reflexes can make a massive difference in your day-to-day life.
Other Benefits of Ping Pong
Besides physical benefits, ping pong also offers:
- Social benefits – this sport is great fun for the whole family and even friends. And if you’re worried about not being able to play alone, there are tables and “training” devices that allow you to play solo.
- Mental benefits – ping pong’s fast-paced nature can help stimulate brain function and critical thinking skills without the need to take traditional medicines like Adderall or herbal medicine like red Vietnam kratom. You’ll also learn how to think tactically — and fast. These benefits can actually go into other areas of your life as well, such as work or business.
Ping pong, when combined with some occasional bodyweight exercises or yoga for resistance training, can absolutely replace a casual gym-goer’s gym membership. Ping pong is generally a one-time cost and usually isn’t as expensive as people might think. Give it a try — you might just fall in love with the sport!