The Japanese diet is one that is rich in fish, features many plant-based dishes, and tries to keep sugar to a minimum. It can be said that this is the reason that residents live an average of 84.62 years. But there is another trick to having the highest life expectancy in the world: radio taisō.
Having started in the late 1920s, radio taisō is a series of exercises that are broadcast on Japanese radio each morning. Similar to a warm-up routine, they are gentle and take only a few minutes to do, making them appropriate for any age.
Fancy trying it yourself? Here’s what you need to do.
Stand tall and stretch your whole body.
Bend your knees up and down.
Revolve your arms up and around.
Spread out your legs and open your chest.
Lean from side to side.
Bend towards the floor with rhythmic bounces.
Twist your body from left to right while swinging your arms.