You know when you are in the kitchen cooking for hours and your back and arms start to ache? Well this stretch is a nice break from the endless chopping (like preparing the ingredients for stuffing on Thanksgiving) and this stretch makes my back feel great. I call it the kitchen sink stretch, and primarily it stretches the lats (the biggest muscle of the back), but it is a great release for the low back as well.
Kitchen Sink Stretch for the Lats
- Stand with feet hip distance apart, about 3 feet away from the sink, or a little over arms length from the sink.
- Hold onto sink, bend your knees and move your pelvis further away from the sink until you feel a stretch on the sides of your back. This position will stretch both lats evenly.
- To focus stretch on the left side, bend right knee and slide the left hip back, further away from the sink. To increase the stretch, twist your upper body a bit to look under your left arm.
Hold stretch for 20 seconds, then repeat on the other side. Repeat the sequence as needed.
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