Stretches You Should Do Every Morning
Many of us spend our night-time hours flat on our back or crunched up on our sides, and our daytime hours sitting in chairs and car seats. Even those that work in a bit of exercise every day can still feel a little creaky from time to time. To help you start your day off right, check out these four stretches to start doing. Not only will they warm up your body for the day ahead but they can help your mobility and range of movement.
Lie down on your back. Bring one knee in toward the belly and cradle it with the opposite hand. Applying light pressure, pull that knee across the body and to the floor. Try to keep both shoulders on the ground – It’s fine if the knee doesn’t make it all the way to the floor. Stop when you feel resistance from your lower back. Repeat on opposite side.
Lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, slowly lift your glutes, one vertebra at a time. Hold at the top for five seconds before slowly lowering to the floor. Compete for ten repetitions. This exercise helps to strengthen your glute muscles and mobilize the spine.
Start on all fours, with hips positioned over your knees and shoulders over your wrists. Inhale and arch your back, looking through to your knees. The back should be rounded. On an out breath, move the head up and drop the belly. The cat to cow stretch extends that movement along the entire spine, helping to awaken and invigorate your whole body. Perform this stretch to the tempo of your breaths for a couple of minutes.
Standing, inhale and reach arms high up overhead. Exhale and return to starting standing position. Be mindful to match the movement pattern to the rhythm of breath, and feel stretch in the shoulders and back. Repeat 10 times.
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