After a long workout, the best feeling is a nice, deep stretch. When I’m at home or short on time, I use my handy towel as a prop to assist in a few basic stretches. Of course, these stretches could also be performed with a resistance band or yoga strap. Take a nice deep breath…and enjoy!

 

1. Standing Side Over Stretch: Take the towel in both hands, using a firm grip. Slowly raise your arms over your head, and as you exhale lean to your left. Take a deep breath in this position, allowing your body to bend a bit further. On your next exhale come back through center. Repeat on the right side. Keep your abdominals engaged and your knees soft throughout the stretch.

2. Forward Fold: Begin with your towel in both hands, using a firm grip. Raise both arms overhead and take a deep inhale. On your exhale, forward fold. When you’ve reached your full range of motion, wrap the towel behind your calves (or thighs) and use your grip on the towel to pull you deeper into the stretch. Allow your head to fully relax. When you’re ready, release the towel and slowly come back up, allowing each vertebra to stack on top of the next. The last thing to come up should be your head.

3. Forward Fold with Shoulder Stretch: Follow the instructions above for performing the forward fold. When you’ve reached your full range of motion at the bottom of the stretch,  slowly raise your arms above head. Take a few deep breaths in this position before coming back up.

Special guest appearance by Murray McMagic Pants the Lhasapoo.