If you’re looking for a fun way to stay active and burn calories, you may want to consider playing table tennis.

Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a great way to get your heart pumping while having fun with friends

In addition to being an aerobic activity, playing table tennis offers a ton of physical and mental health benefits.

Benefits of Table Tennis

There are many benefits associated with ping pong such as improved balance and coordination due to its fast-paced nature as well as improved mental acuity; since it requires players to think strategically on the fly against opponents.

Research has shown that regular table tennis play can help with:

  • hand eye coordination
  • agility
  • reaction time
  • increases strength and endurance
  • reduces stress
  • improves overall mood
  • fun social activity for friends to enjoy together

How many calories do you burn playing table tennis?

Playing table tennis for an hour can burn anywhere between 250–400 calories depending on your weight and intensity level

An average 150-pound person can expect to burn around 280 calories per hour while someone who weighs 200 pounds would burn closer to 360 calories in the same amount of time. However, this number can vary depending on a few factors like your weight and intensity levels when playing.


A casual game of table tennis may only burn 200 calories per hour if your opponents aren’t too much of a challenge or if you take frequent breaks between games. On the other hand, if you ramp up the intensity levels by playing against more experienced opponents who require more effort from you, then it is possible that your body could be burning upwards of 400 calories per hour!


Keep in mind that the heavier you are, the more calories you are likely to burn during your session.  So if weight loss is one of your goals, then playing ping-pong is something worth considering.

Table tennis is a great way to get fit without having to slog away at a gym. 

So why not grab some paddles and give it a try?

Get ready for some calorie-burning fun!