If rumours are to be believed, the Corporate Business World could soon be forced to adopt the Japanese custom of bowing, as a preference to the risk of spreading germs via our greeting hands.
If you ask me, the world's gone mad, and this nanny-state culture we are heading towards is getting out of control, but that can be the subject of another post, another day.
Instead, if we are to bow instead of shake hands, I have the perfect exercise solution to ensure that you carry out the Eastern greeting with style, control and grace. It's called the 'Waiter's Bow' and it will not only put you in good stead for adopting the correct bowing technique, but it will also strengthen the backs of your legs, your abs, your low back and your butt.
So, with the imminent demise of the handshake, let's get to work on the 'Bow':
1. Stand tall, with right palm on stomach and back of the left hand on the lower back, as shown (a).
2. Start the movement by sitting the hips back and bowing forward, bending the knees slightly.
3. Feel a pull in the back of the thighs as you focus on keeping the back straight and hips back.
4. Pause at the stretch and then push the hips forward, tighten the butt and stand back up to straight.
5. Pause at the top and then repeat.
Repeat this exercise 10-15 times and feel the backs of your legs work!
Once you have the correct technique, you should have no problems getting to grips with Swine Flu customs, and if the handshake ban never materialises, which I suspect it won't, you at least have stronger legs, abs, lower back and butt to be thankful for...
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