Most of us are on the lookout for an easy approach to lose weight and here is one such strategy that’s slowly gaining popularity in Japan and other parts of Asia. Conceived by a Japanese doctor Toshiki Fukutsudzi, the simple routine guarantees to not only treat bad posture and strengthen abdominal muscles but also help one lose the stubborn fat around the waist. Here’s all your need to know about Dr. Fukutsudzi’s Exercise or Japanese Fukutsudzi technique.
All it takes is: 5 minutes
All you need is: A towel and a hard surface to rests on.
Here’s how it work: Take a thick towel and roll it into a “sausage”. Tie it with a tape or rope so that it doesn’t roll back. Lie down on your back and place it just behind your navel, where your spine curves.
The procedure is as follows:
- Towel twisted to roll and wrap some tape to secure
- Sit on a firm surface, preferably on the floor
- Bent towel put under your back, in level with the navel and then lie down (towel should be slightly wider than the width of the back)
- Legs spread separated at shoulder width and twist your feet so that they can touch only thumbs
- Fully extend your arms above your head, turn the palms down and connect the little finger of your right and left hand
The science: In his 10 years of research, Dr Fukutsudzi, who expertise in treating pelvic bone and back problems, discovered that the main cause of fat in the abdominal and hip section is a displacement of the pelvic and subcostal bones.
The theory is that the rolled up towel placed in the curve of your back will help correct the posture by aligning the spine and pelvis and thus prevent fat from accumulating in the abdominal and hip region –problem areas for most people who want to need that extra flab.
Is it for you?: Anybody without a chronic back, bone or hip ailment can try this exercise.
Stop it: It looks simple but can be painful in the beginning. If there’s discomfort even after a few tries, stop immediately. See a doctor if pain increases.
Word of caution:
While there are no established effects or side effects of this technique, it is better to consult your doctor before trying this. Especially if you have a history of back problems, however minor.
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