Beijing to resume broadcast exercises

14:34, August 04, 2010      

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Workers do broadcast gymnastics during breaks in a factory of northwest China's Shanxi Province in this undated file photo. [Photo: SXRB.COM]

The daily broadcasts designed to accompany the work-hour exercise consisting of basic gymnastic actions will begin airing again in Beijing starting August 9, the Beijing Times reports.

The Beijing Sports Radio FM 102.5 will resume playing the music for the eight-minute exercise broadcasts at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. every day as the main form of physical exercise during breaks, the Beijing Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU) told the media on Tuesday.

The broadcasts originally started in 1951, but were postponed in 2007 due to Olympic Games programming.

The BFTU said based on Beijing's health plan for 2009, every employee should have at least one daily body-building activity down to 20 minutes, so physical exercises during breaks will be promoted among 4 million employees of government organs, enterprises and institutions in the capital.

Yu Junsheng, BFTU vice chairman, said, "Since 1951, the broadcast gymnastics has been a major type of body-building during breaks among government departments, enterprises and institutions and we will popularize it to more non-state-owned enterprises in the near future."

"Besides broadcast exercises, the BFTU will promote other forms of physical exercises such as yoga and tai chi," Yu added.

Source: CRI online


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