10 of the Best Morning Stretches to Start Your Day
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We all know and love that glorious feeling of our first stretch after getting out of bed, but morning stretches can offer a huge range of benefits above just waking up tired muscles.
While both humans and animals will instinctively stretch after waking up, a planned stretch session is even better for your body and mind.
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Benefit of Morning Stretches
A morning stretch session feels good and offers a range of physical and mental health benefits. Stretching in the morning can help increase blood flow, ease anxiety symptoms, and improve your posture.
Lying in the same position overnight can lead to tight muscles and stiff joints, and a morning stretch can help warm them. It’s normal to feel stiff and achy first thing in the morning, so a good stretch can help you to feel more awake.
If you regularly find yourself overwhelmed by a never-ending to-do list, a morning stretch can be incredibly beneficial. Focusing on your body and working through various postures can offer you a few minutes of calm before you start the day.
You’ll finish your session feeling energised and present, capable of tackling anything the day throws at you!
Sitting at a desk all day can be very bad for your posture. Often those who hunch over a computer or laptop for hours each day have very poor posture, which can lead to aches, pains and niggles.
This morning stretching routine will target your entire body, opening your chest and encouraging your shoulders to drop and stretch your back muscles.
Spend a few minutes each day flexing and stretching these muscles, and you may find your posture improves.
Finally, stretching is a great form of exercise – but it doesn’t really feel like exercise! While early birds may feel compelled to head out for a jog first thing, some of us can barely make it out of bed without a coffee!
A short stretch is a great way to incorporate exercise into your morning routine, without putting too much pressure on yourself. You’ll have more energy during the day, and you’ll also benefit from increased strength and flexibility.
Morning Stretch Routine
A sun salutation routine targets all your main muscle groups, and it’s suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis.
Modifications can be made if you find any of the stretches too tough at first, and as your body warms up you should find you’re able to move deeper into the stretch.
This morning stretch routine can be repeated as many times as you like, and ideally every morning.
Try to move through each posture in time with your breath, working deeper into the stretches as your muscles warm up.
- Stretching in the morning offers a range of physical and mental health benefits.
- A sun salutation routine can be practiced every morning and is suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis.
- Spend some time focusing on your breath, then move through each posture, inhaling and exhaling deeply as you do so.
- When your body is stiff and cold, it’s important not to push yourself. As your body warms up, you should be able to stretch a little deeper.