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Shower Stretches

I love to stretch in the shower, it is one of those rare times when I get to slow down. I turn on the soothing hot water, light some candles, play some relaxing music, and let the warm steam envelop me.

There are a three stretches that I love to do in the shower, just because it feels so good to close my eyes and calm my mind. Plus, the steamy water does a wonderful job warming my muscles, so they're easier to stretch.

Come into a wide squat in the middle of your shower so you can feel the hot water gently pouring onto your lower back. Stay here for a minute or so, dropping your chin towards your chest and extending your arms out in front of you. It feels amazing, especially if your lower back bothers you.

Want to see the other two stretches? Then

This stretch is for your neck. Stand so the back of your head is in the stream of water. Interlace your fingers and place your open palms on the back of your head. Gently and slowly press your head down, tilting your chin in towards your chest. It stretches the back of your neck and lengthens your spine.

To stretch out your shoulder and wrists, place your right palm on the front wall of the shower (away from the water). You want your fingertips facing to the right, feeling your wrist opening up. You can stay here or if you want to stretch it even more, walk your body towards the left, gazing over your left shoulder. Stay here for a minute or so and then switch to the left side.

Let me know what you think or if you have any other ideas for shower stretches. Post your thoughts or pictures in the Yoga Stretch and Tell Group.

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Fitness Fitness 10 years
That's so funny that you time your stretches with your toothbrush. I love it! Nothing like multi-tasking!
Arthur Arthur 10 years
so funny. I started doing this about two months ago. I use my electric toothbrush in the shower and it is on a 2 minute timer. i do side lunges to stretch for the 2 min and then for the 30 seconds that I got the mouth was in, I try to touch my toes to stretch my hamstrings. Not Heidi's favorite thing to accidentally walk in on.
mrsjacki mrsjacki 10 years
I'd probably end up in the emergency room if tried any of these! Jacki _______________________________________________________________ Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for a federal anti-smoking campaign Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life.
Moni-B Moni-B 10 years
I almost drowned myself doing the first one. :( Positioning underneath the showerhead is key. ~M~
bettywhite bettywhite 10 years
i'll give the stretches a try, but i'm wondering two (totally off subject) things (if that is you & your shower in the photo): 1 - how do you get your shower so sparkling clean & white? mine always looks dingy. 2 - where did you get that shower caddy? i love it & need one like it. thanks!
BeeMoney BeeMoney 10 years
I can see a broken hip here...I'm too clumsy to stretch where it is slippery!!!!!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years THAT you? I can't help put wonder that every time you post pics of real people! I do #2 (ew, the stretch!!) ALL THE TIME in the shower while I was my hair. However, #3 would be too icky for me. I have a thing about touching the walls or curtain in the shower ... even if I've just cleaned it! I'm wierd.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
I love stretching in the shower when your muscles are all warm. Sometimes before going to a yoga class, I take a hot shower to warm my muscles up before intensely stretching them in class. It really makes a difference.
yogini yogini 10 years
I did these the other day and it was AWESOME!!! Thanks for the tip Fit. I like the shower. What products are those in the shower??
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