Japan Is A Healthy Society

Its interesting to point out that although Japan is a very healthy nation, working out and fitness plans are not prevalent.  A poll showed that 40% of the population doesn’t exercise at all and 20% considered walking as their exercise. From my personal experience, I see asian Americans in the gyms all the time and some are well built.  So this points to the culture not being very into fitness, but not saying they don’t have it in them.  What the Japanese people are well know for is Martial Arts and other stress reducing exercises.  I spoke to an online personal trainer from eFitness Trainers and he explained the benefits of popular Japanese exercises such as yoga, martial arts, and Tai Chi.  He explained that they target more mental health, balance, and strength instead of size and sports training like we do in America.  I hope to visit more gyms and workout facilities in Japan and report more on the differences between Japanese and American fitness.

Japan is a very healthy society, but when people do get sick they spend a long time in the hospital, largely because of traditional cultural beliefs about nurturance and the importance of bed rest.  Specific prevention programs in the areas of substance abuse are not traditional, in that these problems are not common in Japan. However, there are perceptions that the frequency of such behaviors is increasing, and efforts to cope with them are being undertaken especially in major cities such as Tokyo. Student behavior in public places is sometimes monitored by parents, who warn students about the attendant hazards.  Because carious teeth were observed in more than 90% of students, mass screening for dental diseases is one of the most important components of the school health program. The health teacher must assemble the data on body weight, height, blood samples, and the results of mass screening to discover signs for such conditions as obesty, orthostatic dysregulation, scoliosis, and anemia.