If you’re trying to shrink your belly but barely have the time to do a full workout, the solution may be Made in Japan. This quick yet effective exercise, shared by a Japanese weight loss specialist, is said to be able to transform a saggy belly into a flat and tight stomach in just a few weeks. The trick lies in focusing on tensing and stretching your back and stomach muscles and preventing more fat from adhering to them.
Bright Side has created a Step-by-Step Guide of the exercise to help you achieve a flat belly and a great plus: A happier, relaxed back. Have a good workout!
STEP 1: BEGIN
It’s always a good idea to warm-up before and stretch before any type of exercise. After your warm-up, stand straight with your arms resting on your hips. You can use a yoga mat or stand on a carpet to avoid hurting your feet.
STEP 2: GET READY
Put your hands on your hips to keep your balance and separate your legs wider than shoulder-width apart. Remember, each foot should be pointing slightly outward.
STEP 3: BEND DOWN
Place your hands on your knees and bend down. You’ll now feel those thigh muscles working. Remember to perform each movement slowly and precisely, making sure you feel tension in all your muscles.
STEP 4: ROTATION
It’s in this step that the exercise gets to the core. Lean forward, turning your right shoulder to the left and inward. Your left shoulder goes backward. You should feel your thighs, waist, and back muscles stretching. Hold this position for 3 seconds and return to the previous position.
STEP 5: TAKE A BREATH
While in this position, it’s a good idea to take a deep breath before getting back to work.
STEP 6: REPEAT
Repeat STEP 4 in the opposite direction. Turn your left shoulder to the right and inward. Your right shoulder should go backward. This exercise helps develop flexibility, allows your back to rest, and tightens the muscles you focus on. Now, let’s do it again.
Do 2 sets of 10 repetitions for optimal results and remember it’s always a good idea to pair your exercise routine with a healthy diet for faster and more prolonged results.
Which tip has worked for you in the past to get rid of a saggy belly? Tell us in the comments below!
illustrated by Marat Nugumanov for BrightSide.me