Japanese women seem to never get old. They are always in ideal shape and look young even in their 50s, and no one’s been able to uncover their secret until now. It was actually a combination of things – a healthy diet and regular exercise. Not just any kind of diet or exercise, however.
Aside from eating a lot of rice and vegetables, nearly all Japanese women stick to a special exercise plan invented by Katsuzo Mishi.
These exercises help them stay in shape and fill their cells with energy, making them look young and beautiful. Here are the 5 exercises by Mishi that you should include in your daily routine:
5 Japanese Exercises Perfect for the Female Body
1. The Sky Near the River
The unusually named exercise will straighten your spine and boost your blood flow while relaxing your mind and body. Start by lying down on your back, keeping your hands behind your head. Now, slowly lift your upper body up to a sitting position, bringing your chest as close as possible to your legs.
Go back to the original position and repeat the exercise as many times as you can.
Lie down on your back keeping your hands close to your body. Now, lift your legs up and stretch the toes toward the ceiling. Lift your torso off the ground as well until your hands touch the knees.
Stay like that for 10-15 seconds and do 15 repetitions.
This simple, yet powerful exercise will open up your hips, reduce lower back pain, improve your breathing, melt the fat off your thighs. To do it, go down on your knees, then arch your back behind. Let your head fall behind as well and grab your ankles.
Stay in that position for 5-10 seconds, then relax and repeat it 10 times.
Stand upright with your body relaxed, then bend at the hips and try to reach the ground with your hands. Bend as much as you can, but make sure not to feel uncomfortable.
Keep your back straight and stay in that position for half a minute, then go back to the original position and repeat again. Do as many repetitions as your body can endure.
5. Kneel Down
If you’re suffering from any kind of problem with your ovaries, this exercise will help. It will relieve the tension in your uterus and ovaries, reduce the stress, and balance your emotions at the same time.
Performing it is really simple. Just go down on all fours, knees under the hips and wrists under the shoulders. Lift your head up and keep your neck straight, then exhale, arch your back, and lift your spine up to the ceiling.
Keep your head up as well and stay like that for 10 seconds. Do 20 repetitions of the exercise, or even more if you can.