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Stretch of the Week: Squat with Kitchen Sink

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For the second week of September we will be performing the Squat with Kitchen Sink Stretch. This stretch will give you some traction through your spine and the sides of your body. It will also stretch your low back and into the outsides of your hips.

You will need a securely fastened sink for this stretch. Please consult your physician or skip this week’s stretch if you have any injuries in your arms, low back or knees.

How to perform: 

  1. Stand a foot in front of your kitchen sink. Place your hands at the edge of the sink. Grab onto the sink as shown in the photo marked “Step 1.”
  1. Begin to take small steps backward so that you can start to fold at the hips slightly. Step back until your arms are straight, and your feet are almost under your hips. Then begin to sit your hips back like you are sitting in a chair as shown in the photo marked “Step 2.” Your knees will be right in line with your heels. Very important to not let your knees go past your toes!
  1. The lower you go the more intense you will feel the stretch. But remember to pull your belly button to your spine to keep your low back from arching. Also imagine you’re squeezing apples under your armpits to keep your shoulder joint strong and supportive.
  1. Stay in this position for 30 seconds, then rise back up and walk forward to come out of the stretch. You can repeat this up to five times.

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