At some point it’s good to look at some complimentary exercises beyond table tennis training. Trying a new sport keeps table tennis from getting stale. I’ve had several players who took up tennis or pickle ball, only to see improvement in their approach to table tennis. It doesn’t have to be a racket sport, and it does not have to be as big a commitment as we think. We all need a certain amount of walking, running, jogging, cycling, or any activity that gets us moving. Again, it doesn’t have to be a killer workout. See The Pragmatist’s Guide To Table Tennis Cardio Training
I’ve long believed that people shy away from exercise because of bad experiences when they did too much, too fast. Recent trips to physical therapy with my 89 year old mother have only reinforced that belief. Small stretches, lifting light weights, and easy exercises, do wonders for people, even in their eighties and nineties. For a younger and more fit person, some of these workouts would only seem like a warmup. The secret to great workouts has less to do with what kind of exercise you do, and more to do with doing something, and exercise needs to be a daily activity. It’s okay to lift light weights, go for a short walk, run a one mile race, dance, or ride a bike. It may not seem like it will make much of a difference, but it will keep your training fresh. The idea is to keep moving. Table tennis is a great start, but unless you train every day, you’ll need something else on a daily basis. Get going! A little bit is better than nada.