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Ping Pong for the Brain and Heart


Factoid 1: April 13, 1979, is special because on that date, the longest doubles ping-pong match ended after 101 hours.

Factoid 2: According to calorimetric data, a person who weighs 155 pounds will burn 281 calories per hour while playing ping-pong and 1267 calories per hour when running at the pace of of a 5.5 minutes/mile.

Question 1: How many calories did each ping-pong player burn off in this "longest" match (assuming they weighed 155 pounds)?

Question 2: How long would a 155-pound person have to play ping-pong in order to lose the amount of calories equivalent to running a marathon (about 26.22 miles)at a 5.5. minutes/mile pace?

Final Note: In his book Making A Good Brain Great, Daniel Amen calls ping-pong the best brain sport because it improves hand-eye coordination, is aerobic, uses both your upper and lower body, and causes you to use many different areas of the brain to function. Now, if I was only smart enough to determine if there is a difference between ping pong and table tennis!

Source: Calorie data: http://www.nutristrategy.com/activitylist3.htm