For you game table enthusiasts, I hope it has also crossed your mind at some point you can potentially be obtaining other benefits from playing that just the shear satisfaction of beating your opponent. People who play fast paced game table games like air hockey, Foosball and table tennis may subconsciously play as a way to alleviate stress. Games like these make you have to think and react quickly, allowing your mind to focus only on the objective at hand. The fast game play itself is a great way to take out any built up anger or frustration. It is much better to take it out on a little ball or puck instead of taking it out on someone and regretting it later. But that is besides the point.
People also may not realize that playing these fast paced back and forth games can bring about cardiovascular benefits as well. When people hear the word “cardio”, they automatically associate it with running, that is not always the case. Any activity that you sustain for a given period of time that increases your heart rate is giving you a cardiovascular workout. This is also dependent on the style and pace you play games like air hockey, table tennis and foosball at. If you are just playing casually, then you may be burning minimal calories, but if you find yourself working up a small or even large sweat after you are done, you have done your body some good. I just wanted to make people aware that their favorite games can also have additional benefits to them that may have never crossed their minds. Have fun and live healthy.