Are you staying home on a rainy day or a global virus crisis? Did your neighborhood gym shut down, favorite fitness class get canceled? Or maybe you’re simply striving to become a more active person and want to start with at-home workouts?
Whichever your situation, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you fit and work up a sweat. From beginner level yoga, Japan’s favorite oldie but goodie radio taiso, to the more upbeat Zumba and intense bodyweight workouts, we’ve got an at-home workout for people of all ages and all fitness levels.
1. Radio Taiso
Radio taiso (ラジオ体操, rajio taisō), or radio calisthenics, have been a daily part of Japanese public radio and TV broadcasts for over 80 years. Still today, many Japanese workers start their day off by taking part in communal radio taiso and you can even spot some people doing them in parks during your morning walk! Because most radio taiso moves are really basic, they can easily be done by people of all ages and shapes and it retains its popularity—especially among elderly Japanese.
Radio taiso routines are made up of a disembodied voice chanting “one, two, three, four” and providing exercise instructions while upbeat piano music plays in the background. In the televised version, you can watch women dancers, both seated and standing to adjust to everybody’s situation, going through the exercise motions for you to mirror. We have to admit we love the nostalgic taste of it!
Watch an English version of radio taiso to help you get the hang of it.
Yoga as a spiritual practice originated in northern India over 5,000 years ago. As yoga reached Western countries in the 1980s, …continue reading