Out of time? Stretch while you shower

Submitted by Allan on February 22, 2013
An excellent place to get your stretches done is in the shower under a steady flow of warm water. Make it a regular morning ritual when you shower, and it’ll help you to keep your muscles relaxed and stretched. How does that help?

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Starting your day with some shower stretches not only helps you stay fit and active but it also makes sure you keep a calm, relaxed mind. All it takes is for you to stand under your shower and do a few simple stretches with your eyes closed.

Some of the shower stretches include the wide squat, google_ad_client = "ca-pub-5089409400548728"; google_ad_slot = "7880952747"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60;
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, shoulder opener, heart opener, and backbends.

Wide squat

If you feel pain in the lower back and hips, then squats are the ideal stretch for you and they feel even better when done under warm water. The stretch is relatively easy; all you have to do is spread your legs a foot apart from your hips width. Bend your knees, squat down and try to make your thighs parallel to the floor. Place your hands on the ground and relax. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds to get a good muscle workout.

Neck stretch

This stretch is ideal to try if you slept in a funny position and have a crick in the neck or even if your neck is feeling sore or tight. Stand with your feet apart. Interlock your fingers and place them on the back of your neck. Slowly press your head down till your chin is tucked into your chest. Hold this position for 30 seconds and take deep breaths. The warm water falling on your neck will help soothe the soreness further.

Shoulder opener

This wall stretch requires you to stretch one shoulder and bicep at the same time. Rest your right palm backwards on the wall. Make sure that your fingertips are pointing to the right and that your palm is spread amply. Move your feet furthest toward the left while maintaining your hand position on the wall. If you want to feel a little more comfortable you can place your left hand on your hip. Look slowly to the right and hold this position for 30 seconds. Then slowly move back to your right side and replicate this stretch for the opposite side.

Heart opener

This is a very relaxing stretch and helps you open up tight muscles in your upper back and shoulders. Once you have finished shampooing your hair, perform this stretch under the flow of warm water while washing the suds out. Stand with both your feet together, stretch your arms out to the side at the back and rest your hand on the door or wall of your shower. Push your palms away from you and bend slightly forward to strengthen the stretch. Do this stretch for 30 seconds and make sure that you get a good stretch under the warm water.

Standing backbend

This particular stretch enables you to boost flexibility in your lower back while also giving your abs, chest and shoulder muscles a good work out. Try to do this stretch while rinsing out the conditioner from your hair. Stand with your feet apart, curve your elbows and rest your palms on the lower portion of your back while making sure that your fingers are pointing upwards. Push the heels of your palm down as you look up. Do this stretch for 30 seconds.

Make sure that you do any of the above stretches for 30 seconds each while the duration of the entire routine should not be more than five minutes. Also, remember to take deep breaths for better results while doing your stretches. Shower stretches is a great way to start your morning and give your muscles a good workout.

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