Looking to banish the lockdown bulge?
Some believe this Japanese towel method is the answer to getting a trim tum.
The method was created by a Japanese physician named Toshiki Fukutsudzi ten years ago and remains popular to this day.
It involves lying on a yoga mat with a rolled up towel beneath your lower back.
Instead of exercising strenuously, all you need to is lie with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands stretched above your head.
Slimmers are required to hold this pose for five minutes or more – and you should do it regularly to see results.
So how effective is the Japanese towel technique for toning your tummy?
According to personal trainer and yoga instructor Kirsten Scott, the method can be effective for improving your posture and getting your digestive system moving.
This helps to prevent bloating, making your abs look tighter.
She told body + soul: “All our organs and limbs, including the intestine and stomach, connect to the brain via the vertebral column.
“It is true that misalignment of the bones, reflected in bad posture, can mean that nerve pathways are constricted.
“The part of the spine between the ribs and the small of your back is where the intestine nerves are connected, so if you slouch or push your pelvis too far back, it may result in digestion issues, such as constipation, bloating, gas and acid reflux.”
- Roll a medium-sized towel into a cylinder and tie it together so it doesn’t unravel
- Lie down on a yoga mat with the towel placed behind you against the small of your back
- With your feet shoulder-width apart, stretch your arms out above your head
- Hold the position for five minutes or more
- Repeat daily or a few times a week to get the best results
Kirsten isn’t the only one to highlight positives of the technique.
Weight loss company DEMIC recently referenced the method – and its Facebook followers raved about it too.
One commenter said: “I have been using this method with success for over forty years, whenever I get pain in my lower back.”
Another commented: “Done it many times, it works.”
And a third added: “Tried this. It was hard for five minutes but I feel good after.
“It works the core of my back.”
It’s worth noting that the Japanese towel method isn’t going to give you a chiselled body if you are following an unhealthy lifestyle.
According to the NHS, it’s important to make “realistic changes” to your diet and exercise schedule if you’re looking to lose weight.
It also recommends:
- Swapping out sugary snacks for healthier ones
- Reducing your alcohol intake
- Walking more
- Eating a healthy breakfast every morning
- Choose healthier options when eating out