In today’s world where we find our youth and even adults constantly in front of a computer screen or handheld device, our sight has become compromised. For our own health and well-being, we look for ways to improve our eyesight and brain function from these deteriorating tech activities. A sure way is to play table tennis.
As a former Personal Trainer and now Table Tennis Coach Developer, I can tell you that improving blood circulation and muscle tone in the body can improve your health and well-being, but what about exercise for your eyes?
Nearsightedness, clinically known as myopia, is a common vision condition in which you can see objects near to you clearly, but when you look up in the distance objects look blurry. Even with the healthiest eyes, with increasing cell-phone usage and computer screen time, one can experience problems with vision.
When people play table tennis, their two eyes aim, track and constantly observe the trajectory of the ball. This process causes the eye muscles to alternately contract and relax, promote blood supply and metabolism of the eye tissue, and improve the tension of the eye muscles, thereby restoring vision or healing the myopia.
Playing table tennis can change the shape of the eye from a long oval shape from front to back, to a healthier, rounder shape correcting the way light moves inside the eye, and therefore correcting the vision.
Not only does table tennis improve your eyesight, it helps you stay active, loose weight, and keep you safely and socially connected during these pandemic times, and it also heals and improves brain function.
Dr. Daniel G. Amen, MD, specialist in brain function, has a few words to say about playing table tennis for your health:
“My favorite physical activity is table tennis, which also happens to be the world’s best brain sport. It is highly aerobic and gets both the upper and lower body moving in every which way — twisting, bending down low, reaching up high, and shuffling from side to side. Plus, it gives your brain a workout.”
You can read more about benefits of playing table tennis at http://nsttc.ca/benefits-of-playing-table-tennis/.
At North Shore Table Tennis Club, we see individuals of all ages (4 to 84 years) enjoying the sport, giving themselves the gift of improved sight.
So, if you want an amazing way to improve your short-sightedness, give your body and brain a great workout while you also have fun. Visit us for more ways to play table tennis at nsttc.ca
See you on the other side of the table!
Luba Sadovska, co-owner of North Shore Table Tennis Club, is a Table Tennis Canada coach developer, learning facilitator and coach evaluator.