Radio Exercise Has Been Around in Japan for Approximately 90 Years and Has Been Ingrained Into Japanese Culture. Loved by Many, It's a Source of Health for the Japanese People!
Japanese Radio Exercise!
This video "Radio Exercise Phase Version 06｜English Version" (「ラジオ体操第バ06_英語」), was created by Tokyu-Kensetsu (東急建設) for English speakers in Japan.
In Japan, radio exercise (ラジオ体操, rajio taiso) is a traditional custom where people perform exercises to music with guidance from radio broadcasts.
Radio exercise was introduced to Japan to improve physical strength and maintenance and development of good health.
What kind of exercises are there? How did it start? Let’s take a look!
What Is Radio Exercise? A Look at the History
Photo：Elementary school students doing radio exercises
The history of radio exercise goes back to 1920. The idea originally came from the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. of the U.S as part of daily exercises.
The first radio exercise was broadcast to the public on NHK radio in 1928.
Since then, it has been modified little by little to the current Radio Exercise 1, established in 1951.
Besides Radio Exercise 1, the one introduced in the video, there are other types of radio exercise such as Radio Exercise 2 and 3, and Minna no Taiso (exercise for everyone).
The Health Benefits of Radio Exercise
Photo：Attendance card for radio exercises
The radio exercise contains of 13 types of exercises in a particular order.
As you see in the video, the exercise starts with stretching (0:11) and ends with deep-breathing (2:56), a total of 3 minutes 15 seconds.
It helps you stay in shape and lose weight, as it makes you stretch the muscles of your entire body.
During summer vacation, local organizations and community associations gather children and perform radio exercises together every morning.
Each child has an attendance card and gets a stamp each time they attend the radio exercise gathering.
The radio exercise serves to prevent inadequate physical activity in children, as well as have children interact with local communities.
Where Can I Find Radio Exercises?
In Japan, radio channels still broadcast the radio exercise to music.
Radio exercise usually begins with a piece of opening music and a greeting from the instructor, and after the music finishes, Radio exercise 1 begins.
During the broadcast, they also introduce a supportive exercise and a neck exercise.
The radio exercise is also broadcast on TV.
Be sure to check out when it broadcasts!
You can also find the radio exercise on an App, videos online, or CD.
Choose one that is most convenient for you.
The Recap of Radio Exercise
Photo：Women doing radio exercises
Radio exercise is effective for improving health, so it has long been loved by Japanese people.
Even today, radio exercise is introduced at events for children, at offices before the day begins, and also done by people feeling they need more exercise.
Be sure to check it out! It'll help you get into a daily routine and feel more awake.