5 Popular Japanese Fitness Equipment for a Good Workout at Home
In this article, we will introduce some effective Japanese exercise equipment that can be used in a small space, such as in your own home! These are easy to use, even for people who don’t exercise regularly.
1. Soft/Hard Neck Massage Roller (LOFT)
A foam roller is a staple of home exercise, used to increase flexibility and train your core. The limited-edition Neck Massage Roller (1,980 JPY (incl. tax)) from LOFT comes in cute colors, and there are two levels of strength to choose from: hard and soft. A recommended exercise is to lie on your back with your knees up, placing the roller under your back. Then, slide the roller from your shoulders to your hip area. If you spend long hours in front of your computer, you’ll want to use this to massage your back and shoulders. You can also use this product to massage your neck, arms, lower leg, hip, soles, and other parts of your body.
2. Training Tube (Daiso)
Perfect for arm, back, and leg stretches, this Training Tube (110 JPY (incl. tax)) is available at the 100-yen shop Daiso. The most recommended exercise involves holding the Training Tube behind your back with your palms facing outwards, and then lifting your elbows until they reach your shoulders. This opens up your shoulders, leading to less back pain when using your smartphone or computer. The tube comes in three levels of strength: soft, middle, and hard. The picture is of the middle level. Pick the level that best suits your level of fitness.
3. Moe-Sapo High-Pressure Full-Length Sports Girdle (All Sizes) (LOFT)
While stuck in your home for long periods of time, have you found yourself cleaning more thoroughly than before? Get that cleaning time to double as exercise time using the High-Pressure Sports Girdle (2,760 JPY (excl. tax)). The moderate pressure increases the effectiveness of your exercise.
These thin leggings can be worn under a skirt, and the high waist will make your stomach look great. Getting your household chores and your daily exercise done at the same time is killing two birds with one stone!
4. Fitness Ball (Daiso)
This small, flexible Fitness Ball (110 JPY (incl. tax)), available from the 100-yen shop Daiso, allows you to enjoy a large variety of exercises. The back of the bag lists five exercises that you can use it for, and the most recommended one involves placing the ball under your back while stretching. If your spine is used to slouching, this ball can help you stretch out those muscles and leave you feeling great.
5. Alphax Soft Leg Stretch Tube (Tokyu Hands)
They say that 70% of our muscles are located in the lower half of our body, so when we’re stuck inside and spending less time walking, our muscle strength naturally declines dramatically. In these times, why not start a simple exercise routine using the Alphax Soft Leg Stretch Tube (1,628 JPY (incl. tax))?
This product is easy to handle, even for people who don’t regularly exercise, as you can use it to stretch your calf and toes while remaining seated in a chair. Slide your fingers and toes into the five holes on each end of the tube, and then stretch the Leg Stretch Tube while keeping your knee extended. As you slowly raise and lower your foot, you will be able to feel muscles in your leg being stretched that you may never have stretched before.
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Many people have been using the fact that they can’t go outside as an excuse for lack of exercise, but this article shows that there are many exercise equipment you can use within your own home! Try out some of the products from this article to cure your lack of exercise!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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