Every morning all over Japan, you can see and hear rajio taiso, or radio calisthenics. When I'm out walking in the morning I can hear the loud speakers from my company and other companies in the area and see workers outside bending and stretching. If you are at home, you can turn on your television and follow along with NHK. I thought it was an interesting exercise idea and was curious about how it got started.
I found out it was started in the United States in 1925! An insurance company started the health and fitness broadcast in the US, but it didn't really catch on. Too bad, because if it had maybe Americans would be healthier today.
It began in Japan about 1928 and has been popular ever since. Fitness experts claim its longevity is due to the completeness of the routines. There are two routines, each lasting around three minutes that include over a dozen different whole body exercises that improve balance, build core strength, and stretch muscles.
School children and company employees do the routine every day and NHK broadcasts the routine several times a day.