Longevity isn't what it's made up to be. What is the use of having a long life if you are not healthy and self-sufficient?
While we are living longer lives than ever before, disability and sickness are taking up a smaller portion of our time.
There are explanations for this. One is the quick advancement of medical advancements, such as joint replacement surgery, improved diabetes and hypertension therapy, colon cancer screening, and the use of medicines to delay heart disease.
Second, and maybe more importantly, is prevention.
We forget how recently we began hearing public-service advertisements advocating the advantages of exercising, decreasing weight, wearing seatbelts, eating healthily, and avoiding smoking.
You might be yawning when you hear them because they sound so ancient.
However, learning how to avoid our declines and limitations by practising healthy habits is a new wrinkle in the realm of effective ageing. And it is drastically altering how many of us age.
Can you, however, be too old to benefit from exercise, proper diet, and other healthy habits? Can, in other words, preventative actions be useless later in life?
No, it does not.
Many interventions that promote excellent health in extremely elderly persons have revealed significant, astonishing health improvements. However, more is required, particularly when it comes to reducing obesity and promoting physical activity in diverse nations.
But the question remains how do we persuade the couch potatoes among us to get up and take better care of them? How can we rescue the country from the tremendous healthcare expenses associated with disability and lack of independence?
One solution to such laziness is playing sports. Racket sports (such as tennis, badminton, and squash) are one of the best sports for prolonging longevity.
However, not everyone has access to a court, let alone the knees or stamina to run back and forth on one. Table tennis might offer a solution in such cases.
Table tennis provides a degree of strategy and excitement that jogging on a treadmill does not. This makes you less likely to become bored and more likely to want to continue it, allowing you to maintain a healthy (and enjoyable) habit. Plus it offers the following benefits:
It exercises the brain
Table tennis has been related to increased mental capacity, even in old age, according to scientists since the early 1990s, and precising table tennis frequently may be able to assist keep your mental skills.
Research on women indicated that table tennis had a larger effect on cognitive performance when compared to other types of exercise such as dancing, walking, and weight training. That mental advantage is most likely attributable to the sport's employment of numerous brain areas at the same time.
Table tennis, unlike walking or lifting weights, involves extensive use of fast-twitch muscle fibres. The fibres in your muscle deliver a lot of force in short bursts. These quick-responding fibres are activated if you lunge to one side or toss an arm to strike a high ball.
Once you've exercised those moves enough times and reinforced those fast-twitch fibres along the way, you'll be more likely to prevent bad slips and falls, which will protect your longevity even more.
Raise the heart rate
Table tennis isn't precisely a five-mile run, but that doesn't mean it can't be an aerobic exercise. Studies have discovered that ping pong can benefit brain health not just because it includes all of the above-mentioned attractive brain coordination, but also because it gets your blood circulating.
Each time you increase your heart rate via physical activity, you increase your lifespan.
Table tennis, like conventional tennis, is a game that benefits both the mind and the body. It entails doing many activities at the same time, fast and sequentially.
Moving our leg, for example, activates one region of the brain; flicking our wrist, another; and assessing the distance of the ball coming toward us, yet another.