Billiards is fun for the entire family, but it has health benefits as well, both physical and mental!
Here we’ll explore 4 overarching benefits that’ll make you get to the pool hall or install a new table in your game room.
Flexibility, Calories, Toning
Playing pool involves various poses that require you to bend, stretch, and lean. This increases flexibility and tones muscles in several areas of the body when played consistently. Areas like the arms, shoulders, hips, and even legs with a few one-leg reaches. Let’s not forget those calories that burn from walking around the table. You can find yourself walking anywhere between a quarter of a mile to almost half!
Critical Thinking, Cognition, Accuracy
Your kids might ask you to play believing that it’s just for fun but, actually, their brains are doing a lot of work. Billiards trains critical thinking and improves cognitive skills. Focus and hand-eye coordination are key aspects of a player’s strategy. Picking and comparing pockets and routes for your ball as well as predicting your opponent’s next move all involves the calculation of force, speed and impact. Your brain is present and honed in.
During a game of pool, it’s uncommon to find someone becoming outraged. People tend to
embrace a sense of levelheadedness and calm when strategizing, comparable to a chess match. Similarly, they are constantly waiting patiently for their opponent to make their next move, practicing self-control and patience.
Sociability, Family Bonding, Ageless
Usually, people are around the pool table to have fun. They’re ready to laugh, give advice, and tease. These social interactions build bonds between friends or strangers. There’s no age limit to who can hold the stick and, with family, that’s the best part. It provides the youngsters enjoyable off-screen time and social relief for the adults.
For more information about Billiards, check out our Pool Table Buying Guide.