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Many senior citizens in this country can still clearly remember the first day workplace exercise was introduced nearly 60 years ago.
November 24th, 1951. The sports authorities back then unveiled the first set of these exercises. Radio broadcasts tailored to these fitness breaks quickly caught on in a country of state-run companies.
For 80-year-old Ms. Lee, the memory is as fresh as the day it happened.
He said, "People would learn the moves and correct each other when they made a mistake. Although it was only 10 minutes, it was quite an effective system of working out."
Ms. Lee was in her thirties when she was employed at a lab. The mandatory exercise was more than just a work out.
Mrs. Lee said, "It was a rare opportunity to go outside and breathe fresh air. The air in the lab wasn't very good."
Ms. Wang is an office worker. She has to sit long hours doing paperwork. She used to suffer neck pain as a result.
Ms. Wang said, "The doctor told me to do the simple calisthenics included in the workplace exercise. It really worked."
The moves have cured Ms. Wang over the years. She does the exercises during every break she gets from work. For her, the program has become an effective therapy.