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Ageing better with bat in hand

BALL OF A TIME: Members of the Happy Table Tennis Club demonstrating their skills.

He used to suffer from backaches and joint pain.

For many, the logical course of action would have been to stay home and avoid strenuous physical activity, especially at the age of 50.

Not Mr Anthony Tan. The retiree now spends about three hours almost every day at the Happy Table Tennis Club at Horne Road, in Jalan Besar.

His pains gradually subsided, and he is now able to move freely, without any difficulties.

Founded 10 years ago, the Happy Table Tennis Club is a place for table tennis players of all ages.

It was founded by former businessman Loh Men Kuan, 65. It has since attracted a loyal following of about 20 regulars, aged 28 to 78.

COACH

As one of the most skilled players at the club, Mr Loh acts as a coach to other members.

A table tennis player since his primary school days, he also underwent a three-year training stint in China, while he expanded his business there.

The club also offers lessons for younger learners, with the fees varying based on the learner's family background.

Mr Tan said moving around and playing sports are ways one can feel more youthful.

"When I pick up the bat to play, I feel like a youthful 30-year-old all over again," said the 50-year-old

"People should not subscribe to the mentality that old people should not move around," he said.

"Exercise makes the heart pump and keeps the mind alert. It is definitely better than sitting in front of the television the entire day," he remarked.

People should not subscribe to the mentality that old people should not move around. Exercise makes the heart pump and keeps the mind alert.

- Retiree Anthony Tan, 50, who spends about three hours almost every day at the Happy Table Tennis Club