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Sculpt your body the Sakuma way

Stimulate your metabolism by correcting posture while sleeping, working, walking, sitting or standing

The Sakuma method is based on correcting posture in everyday situations such as sleeping, working, walking, sitting or standing. These simple guidelines will help you lose weight quickly and easily and target stubborn ‘problem areas’.

According to Kenichi Sakuma, muscles ‘mistreated’ by incorrect posture do not tone up and slow down your metabolism by generating rebel zones. If, on the other hand, we move correctly, we strengthen, balance and keep our metabolisms active and burn fat all the time.

Stretching exercises slim and tone difficult areas like stomach, buttocks and thighs, firm the chest and slim the waist. These basic Sakuma method exercises should be done daily for between five and twenty minutes for the first two weeks. After that, every other day is enough.

Abdomen and buttocks: Lie face down on your stomach with your hands clasped behind your neck. Lift your upper body without lifting your stomach off the floor. Lift your legs straight up, pressing one against the other and curving your back. Cross your ankles and push your feet out. Hold for ten seconds, rest and repeat three times.

Thighs: Lie face down with your arms crossed under your chin. Lift your feet, cross your ankles and bring them up with your knees bent to push your thighs off the floor. Hold for six seconds, rest and repeat ten times.

Waist: Sitting on a chair, let your arms drop to either side, keep your shoulders straight. Hold the edge of the chair and lift one side of your hips by raising your leg up, but without moving your shoulders. Hold for three seconds and switch legs. Repeat ten times.

Chest: Sitting on a chair, cross your arms and place your feet hip-width apart. Clutch your elbows in your hands, resting them on your slightly parted knees. Keep your arms crossed as you raise them over your head, without moving your torso. Hold for six seconds and repeat ten times.

Balance: Squat down, feet together, torso forward. Place your palms on the floor and stand up in one swift movement. On tiptoes, raise your arms with hands open and stretch up as high as you can. Return to the starting position and repeat ten times.

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