Itchy Feet on the Can
Bigger, more satisfying movements! Don’t blush, we’re talking about back stretches, nothing more. You’ll engage large muscle groups in your back and both shoulders with this seated toe tap. The spine is a complex mass of muscle, ligament, tendon and bone. It carries weight, contributes to balance and keeps you upright. You’ll recognize the major mechanics of this stretch, because it mimics shoe tying from a chair position. This stretch prepares your muscles for vigorous activity at work and at home.
Start with your back straight, sitting tall on the throne. Place both feet flat on the floor. If you use the Squatty Potty, now would be a good time to tuck it away for another day. This exercise should not be done from a squatting position. Bend your knees. Tighten your abdominal muscles and lean forward to reach both toes. A nominal arch in the spine is permitted. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Return to a seated position, then do two more repetitions, touching only one toe at a time.