13th October 2019
TOKYO – The physical strength and athletic ability of elderly people in Japan continues to improve while those of women in their 30s and 40s are falling, the Japan Sports Agency said in a survey report on Sunday.
Women aged between 65 and 69 obtained a total of 42.36 points on average, the highest level since the current-format survey started in fiscal 1998. Women aged between 70 and 74 marked record highs in three tests–grip strength, standing on one leg with the eyes open and six-minute walking.
The results apparently reflect growing health consciousness among elderly people, officials of the agency said.
The fiscal 2018 survey was conducted from May to October last year, covering a total of about 64,000 people aged between 6 and 79. The survey results were released ahead of the Sports Day on Monday, a national holiday.
The proportion of people who do exercise or sports once a week or more topped 70 pct among most elderly age groups. Open University of Japan Prof. Noriko Sekine, who analyzed the survey outcomes, said, “Elderly people are very health-conscious, and they seem to be increasingly having opportunities to do exercise or sports, such as going walking and attending sports classes.”