Fitness in Japan on downward trend from pre-COVID levels, study shows

The physical fitness levels of most age groups in Japan declined in fiscal 2021 compared with two years earlier, before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, a recent government survey showed.

But while the pandemic may have led to decreased opportunities for exercise, Hisashi Naito, a professor of exercise physiology at Juntendo University who assisted in the study, said the results “cannot be entirely attributed to COVID-19 as a variety of factors were involved.”

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