Why stretch in the shower?

Submitted by Allan on February 26, 2013

Love how relaxed your muscles feel after a good long stretch? Then you should definitely try stretching your muscles in the shower, especially after a workout. The warm water and stretching combination will work wonders as it is will help loosen and relax your muscles. A good 15 to 30 second stretch is all that you need to do to make your muscles feel good.


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Out of time? Stretch while you shower

Stretching tends to feel better under a warm stream of water as the warm water massages your neck and back at the same time.

Reasons why you should stretch in a shower

  1. Relax your muscles - If you want the best possible result from a stretch, you have to make sure that all your other muscles are relaxed. It is important that you are comfortable before pulling out into a stretch.

    The steady stream of warm water does just this; it relaxes your muscles even before you begin a stretch. Once your body is in the position while stretching, make a conscious effort to relax all the other muscles. Just wiggle your toes or sway slightly to make sure that your body is relaxed during a stretch and not clenched.
  2. Warm your muscles – When you are done with your workout and come to take a shower, your muscles are already warmed up due to the rigorous workout. The steam from the shower warms the muscles further so you can stretch your muscles and relax them when in a shower stretch.
  3. Shower stretches save time - One of the biggest advantages of shower stretches is that it saves time. While you have conditioned or shampooed your hair and are waiting to wash it off, get a few stretches in to feel better.
  4. Stretching relieves painful knots - For common aches and pains, a simple stretch with deep breathing under the shower can help. You don’t need to spend for a massage at the parlor.
  5. Re-energize - Stretching in the shower before you begin your day can be invigorating and refreshing, both mentally and physically.

Safety tips to follow while doing shower stretches

  1. If your shower room floor is slippery, do not try these stretches as you could lose your balance and hurt yourself.
  2. If your shower is small, do not try the stretches as the space will be insufficient.
  3. While doing shower stretches, you need something for holding like a bar as this will help maintain your balance.
  4. If you find it uncomfortable to move your legs or touch your toes, just do stretches that require you to move your arms and neck.
  5. Hold each stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.
  6. Take deep breaths during your stretch.
  7. If you’re just starting out, get enough practice before attempting harder stretches.
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