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Morning Exercise

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Morning Exercise

Sanny Soedjatmiko Hartanto

Do you know that there is an exercise’s routine every morning in Japan? Japanese people usually do this exercise in the morning maintain their health condition. Actually this kind of exercise is popular in Japan, China and Taiwan. In Japan, they usually say it as “Rajio Taiso” (ラジオ体操). It is from two words, “Rajio”(ラジオ), which means Radio in Japanese, and the word “Taisou”(体操, which means physical exercise in Japanese. So, let’s know more about this healthy morning exercise in Japan, Rajio Taisou!


Photo: Justin C. on Flickr
Due to commemoration of the coronation of Emperor Hirohito, “Rajio Taisou” was introduced to Japan in 1928. What is the relation with the word Radio then? It is because they use radio for broadcasting this exercise every morning in Japan. This morning exercise used to improve the health of Japanese soldiers from 1930 to 1940. Till now, Japanese people still do this exercise in the morning to maintain their health condition.


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What kind of exercise do they do then? They do the warming up, continue with a lots of arm circles, squats, jumping, toe touching, bending over, and etc. If you know about the Chinese “Tai-chi” in the morning, like swinging their arms, clapping and etc., it is similar with this “Rajio Taisou” in Japan. Not only that, but now it is also so popular in many Asian countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, and etc. If you want to do this exercise, you can check the link below!

Youtube Exercise Link 1

Youtube Exercise Link 2


First of all, when you get older and older, do you feel that it is lazier to do exercise, or you get no time to do exercise because of your work. Isn’t it right? Because of that, I recommend you to do this 10 to 15 minutes of “Rajio Taisou” every morning. With only 10 to 15 minutes of warm up in the morning, it can make your blood flowing and heart rate better than doing nothing. I can say that our health is number one!



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In the United States, about 37% of adults have pre-diabetes, while in Japan, 13.5% of the population has either impaired glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes. It shows that Japanese people really concern about their health. Beside the food that they eat, they also concern about their exercise, such as “Rajio Taisou” in every morning. That is the reason why there are so many Japanese people that live more than 100 years.


Photo: Rick Cogley on Flickr
I can say that it is better to do 10 to 15 minutes of warming up than doing nothing in the morning. For my own experience living in Japan, I used to do this “Rajio Taisou” every morning, and it makes me not sleepy in the class. Just a simple 10 to 15 minutes of warming up in the morning can change your lifestyle! For about 2 years living in Japan, I also never get sick such as cough, fever, flu, and etc. So, what are you waiting? Go change your lifestyle with this healthy behavior, “Rajio Taisou”!

So if you feel the festive season is already taking a toll on your diet, then wake up early and get toned with some exercise!