Taiwan's office workers not exercising enough: research

Taiwan's office workers not exercising enough: research

TAIPEI - A great majority of office workers in Taiwan lack exercise and over 30 per cent of them have not exercised at all over the past month, the Bureau of Health Promotion said Sunday.

Having returned to work after the long Chinese New Year holiday and weeks of being confined indoors due to cold and rainy days, Taiwanese office workers have been found to have gained weight and are suffering from low workplace morale, with low work efficiency.

In its latest telephone poll, the bureau found that 70 per cent of Taiwan's nine-to-fivers work out for less than 150 minutes each week and over 30 per cent of them had not worked out at all over the past month.

Chen Yen-fang, a division chief of the bureau, said proper physical exercise benefits the health, helps control weight and reduces the chances of chronic disease. Psychologically, workouts can reduce depression and worry, cheer people up and allow them to have mental peace.

 

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