To reduce the belly, we usually think of aerobic exercises and abdominal exercises. However, if we have a little time to do a minimal bodywork that is balanced and efficientwhich helps us improve posture and in turn tones, this stretch is perfect.
This is a full body stretch as it involves the body from end to end, from feet to head. Its main purpose is to improve body posture and mobility of the entire spine, but its natural consequence is that it helps flatten the abdomen.
Stretching to reduce belly?
This stretch belongs to the Fukutsudzi method and has become trendy because some influencers have announced that it reduces belly fat. Is this possible?
Of course, the purpose of the exercise is not to reduce the bellyand there are no stretches that allow enough energy to be consumed so that abdominal fat loss is noticeable, but practiced daily, it makes an impact in the posture of the body and above all in how we stand. And this is reflected in the abdomen.
A flexible and stable column does not press on the chest and invites you to stand up effortlessly for support; However, without a good bra, the stomach is compressed and it looks like we have fat accumulated in this place. We feel like we’re falling.
The key is improved posture, but since posture is something that changes and we adapt to it, the important thing is to be constant. Exercise does not have an immediate effect, but it can be tested in the long run.
Benefits of stretching from head to toe
The benefits of this full body stretch are several:
- The mobility of the spine, chest and diaphragm muscles improves.
- Improves the movement of the shoulder joints.
- Improves the horizontal position of the pelvis.
- Reduces the feeling of a belly, since it, being not compressed, does not protrude, but is more flattened.
step by step exercise
The exercise consists of lying on the back on a mat with a rolled towel about 10 cm in diameter under the lower back, just above the sacrum, in the area of the navel, stretching arms and legs at the same time. This is a full body stretch, more intense than it first appears.
It’s not easy, so start gently without pushingand proceed as you see fit.
- Lie on your back and place a rolled towel (about 10 cm in diameter) below the waist, above the sacrum, at the level of the navel.
- Stretch your legs, separating them hip-width apart, and then the feet, in what is known as “plantar flexion,” bringing them slightly inward so that they meet until they touch the big toes. In this position, the fifth part and leave about 20 cm between them.
- Stretch out your arms bringing them back over the head, also slightly apart and with palms facing the ground. In this case, the little fingers touch.
- Get as far as you can. If you can’t reach the end with your hands, go as far as possible without forcing. Little by little you will improve. Just make sure your toes are still touching at this point.
- Hold the pose for a few 5 minutes, separating and joining the toes, to the rhythm of breathing. Breathe through your nose, calmly, feeling the stretch and avoiding rushing. Don’t move your hands. Every time you exhale and the air comes out, try to pause a little as if you are giving up.
- When you want to finish the exercise, do it very carefully. and no sudden movements. You can make micro-movements by undoing the pose, changing the position and repeat two more times as if it were a series. Don’t forget to rest in between.
- When you start to stand up, do it sideways. Go from the floor to sit and finally stand up. You can take a few steps before moving on to another activity to observe the changes and how you feel
If you can’t stand the feeling of extreme stretching, go as far as you can or start with sessions of one or two minutes and build up over time little by little until you reach five minutes. After each session is over, don’t skip the last step: always notice the changes and how you feel.