Sedentary lifestyles are another problem. Chinese culture at the moment is that the more sedentary you are the higher your position in society. People don’t really jog here. The idea is to get off a bicycle not on one.
In 1951, under the direction of the central government, selected experts designed a set of calisthenics for ordinary people, and the newly formed nation popularized the exercises over the radio. Following the first broadcast, the whole country soon adopted the calisthenics with enthusiasm. Everyday at 10 am and 3 pm, when the broadcast was aired, people would stop everything to do the calisthenics. Presses would publish books illustrating the moves and distribute them across the country. Records were produced for remote areas where the broadcast was not available. All the major newspapers would also spare a whole page for the illustrations.In 2007, China stopped broadcasting the calisthenics programs in lieu of Olympics coverage -- and it never returned. Last year, it was re-introduced to the masses, and this year it became mandatory.