You know how many people can’t start their day without stretches? They’re right to do so. While it may not seem like it to you, stretches are actually very beneficial for our health and the flexibility of our bodies. Stretching every morning will relax your muscles and improve your range of motion while also improving your posture and balance.
With stronger muscles, you’ll feel much better and lower your risk of injuries. However, if done improperly, stretching can actually do more harm than good. You’ll need to take your time and learn how to do them properly and focus on the right stretches for your body.
Below is a list of simple morning stretches anyone can do that will improve your body and overall wellbeing too.
Top Morning Stretches
You’ve probably done the forward bend at least once in your life. It’s a simple stretch where you bend forward with your torso while standing until you can reach your toes with your hands. To do it, stand upright and bend at the hips – keep your knees slightly bent too. Make sure you don’t put a lot of pressure on your back and bend forward slowly. Make sure to breathe deep during the stretch and end it when you touch your toes.
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Standing Hamstring Stretch
The video will help you perform the standing hamstring stretch with ease. You’ll need to put a chair in front of you and your heel on it. Now, with your arms on your hips, flex your body toward the foot as much as you can. Crease your hips and make sure your back stays straight. Stay in that position for at least 30 seconds before relaxing and doing it again.
As the name suggests, this simple stretch involves a door – more specifically the frame. Put your arms on the frame and your forearms resting on it. Now, bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle slowly and make sure the triceps is parallel to the ground. Bend your right knee until you feel a stretch, holding the position for 30 seconds before repeating it a few times more.
Standing Side Stretch
The standing side stretch begins with your hands and fingers locked. Put them over our head and bend your body to the right. Breathe deep for 5 seconds, then go back to the center and repeat the stretch on the other side.
The chest stretch is excellent for relieving muscle pain in your chest and torso. To do it, stand upright and put your hands behind your head (fingers interlocked). Raise them up slowly and bend your torso to the back. Bend from your waist, not your back. Hold the position for 30 seconds before doing a few more repetitions.
Cat and Cow
This unusual stretch doesn’t involve the animals, but mimics their movements. It’s inspired by yoga, so if you’re familiar with it, you shouldn’t have trouble doing it. The stretch begins on all fours with your wrists under your shoulders and knees beneath the hips. Pull your abs in and bend your spine like in the video, then tilt your head back and hold for up to 20 seconds. Repeat the cat and cow stretch a few times for optimal relaxation.
Yet another yoga-inspired stretch, this one requires a box or chair in front of you. Put your left leg on it with your hips square and the knee over your shoulder. Balance yourself on the hands and hold the position to 5 counts while breathing deep.