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Yuru exercise has been available for anyone to learn to teach since September 21st, 2015, the United Nations' International Day of Peace.
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Episode 3: Reasons why Yuru exercise can be the infrastructure of exercises for the humankind

(Updated to be released on february 28 ,2015)

Why does Yuru exercise have the potential to be the infrastructure of exercises for humankind? That is because, as I mentioned in earlier episodes, we discovered the existence of extremely important and fundamental factors. These factors have strong power to alleviate someone’s daily brain or physical fatigue and improve health while enhancing the fundamental basis that is universal to all abilities regardless of the conditions someone may be in. We have found these factors through extensive practices and research. With the help of a number of scientists and coaches we then analyzed these mechanisms. Finally in utilizing all these factors we were successful in creating a systematic method to train our body and mind effectively and to the fullest degree.

In technical terms, these crucial and fundamental factors are derived from the Japanese concept of “Kankai”, which translates to relaxation and loosening. My concept of relaxation goes far deeper than that of the modern science of the human body, psychology, or any other training theory; and loosening goes beyond the concept of relaxation. Furthermore, by our efforts we discovered this factor “Kankai” is the “Universal factor for human being” which will maximize the fundamental functions of the mind and body’s health and capabilities. We also developed a systematic training method by finding out this mechanism. This is the biggest reason why Yuru exercise can be the infrastructure of exercises for the humankind.

First Ever in Japan! In the Resident-Driven Complete Health Project based on Yuru Exercise Proves Improved Physical and Mental Health

In Mie Prefecture’s Kinan area, known for having the Japan’s highest aging rate, as a “microcosm of Japan 30 years later”

Won the 2004 Mainichi Incentive Award of the Local Governments, sponsored by Mainichi Newspapers

Effects on Physical and Mental Health Evaluated

Effects Evaluated by Dr. Hiroyuki Shimizu, then Professor, Dean of Gifu University School of Medicine
  • (1) Reduced body weight, and lowered BMI (indicator or obesity degree)
  • (2) Reduced neutral fat
  • (3) Improved physical health levels (self-assessed total health levels)
  • (4) Improved various indexes which indicate mental health levels such as GHQ-12
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In Mie Prefecture, a healthy long life project was implemented from 2003 to 2007 in five municipalities in the Kinan area, namely, Kumano City, Mihama Town, Kiwa Town, Kiho Town and Udono Village (as of 2003) which focused utilizing Yuru Exercise as the basis with diet plans and relaxation incorporated.

Under the instruction of Professor Hiroyuki Shimizu, Medical School Dean of Gifu University, and an authority on public health studies, a statistical survey was conducted for two months in June and July 2003. As shown below, the result statistically proved that the program had offered various profound physical benefits to its participants such as lowered BMI, reduced neutral fat, and improved physical health levels, as well as remarkable effects on mental health.

This is said to be the first case in Japan that showed such scientifically remarkable effects of unforced, voluntary physical exercises practiced by local residents.

The prefecture’s healthy long life project ended in 2007, but its activities are currently being led by its promotors who are mainly the 70 trained volunteer Yuru Exercise leaders, expanding the activity area from the Kinan area to Owase City and Kihoku Town, as well as outer areas beyond the prefectural border to Wakayama Prefecture’s Shingu City, Tanabe City, and Nachikatsuura Town.

Details of Project Implementation

  • Subjects:
  • 54 local residents both male and female who “consider themselves as obese” or “have been diagnosed as obese”, who have a BMI of 25 or over (with an average age of 60).
  • BMI (Body Mass Index) = weight (kg) / {height (m) * height (m)}
  • BMI is an index commonly used worldwide for evaluating body mass, with 22 as the standard.

Method:Divide the subjects into two groups at random

  • Group A … Voluntarily practiced Yuru Exercise
  • Group B ... Completely no Yuru Exercise
  • Items Examined:
  • physiological and biochemical indexes including body weight and blood components
  • Evaluated with participants’ self-check sheet on total health, and GHQ-12 (General Health Questionnaire)

Note: The location of the subject groups and evaluated indexes strictly followed the international standard required for dissertations.

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