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65% of executives in Taiwan suffer from poor heart-lung endurance

65% of executives in Taiwan suffer from poor heart-lung endurance

Some 65 percent of the middle- and high-level executives in Taiwan lack regular exercise and as a consequence, suffer from poor heart and lung endurance, according to the results of a study released Thursday.
The study, conducted by the Lian An Preventive Medicine Organization, analyzed the physical examination results of 6,093 middle- and high-level executives who had visited the organization between 2000 and 2007, and interviewed them recently via questionnaire.
The results show that they worked an average 9.5 hours per day, that most of them were sedentary office workers, and that 55 percent of them admitted they were not in the habit of taking regular exercise.
The study also found that most of the executives suffered from physical fatigue due to their long working hours and preferred to spend their leisure time sleeping rather than exercising.
The physical results show that 65 percent of them had poor heart and lung endurance, while 58 percent had weak leg muscles, with another 52 percent failing to meet standards for waist suppleness.
Tsai Mei-wen, a lecturer at the Department of Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology of National Yang-Ming University, said poor heart and lung endurance can cause fatigue and poor concentration and increase the risks of coronary artery disease and metabolic diseases by up to five times higher than those with better heart and lung endurance.
She said a person who has little time for daily exercise must try to find time to exercise at least three times a week, with each session lasting at least 30 minutes and with enough exertion to increase the heart rate to 130 beats per minute.
According to Tsai, swimming and jogging are ideal forms of exercise because they are not too demanding and can improve heart and lung function.


Updated : 2021-08-01 10:38 GMT+08:00