Stretching in the morning can change your entire day’s dynamic: it helps to relax the muscles, release any tension and stiffness, improve blood circulation and increase energy. All you need is 10-15 minutes in the morning to complete this easy routine of stretches. The only trick to achieving your goal is repeating these exercises every single morning since consistency is always the key to success.
We want to show you some very simple but highly effective stretching exercises. So tomorrow instead of pressing the “snooze” button or sipping on a fourth cup of coffee, try some of the stretches in this article.
Stretching your neck is a good habit to get into. Keeping your back straight, gently lean your head sideways, then forward and backward. All motions should be slow and gentle, avoiding any pulsing. If it hurts, do not force things. You also can do a neck roll, but be careful not to overextend the neck muscles.
2. Chest, front of shoulders and biceps
While holding a door frame, a wall or a tall chest of drawers with your left arm, lean forward or step with the left leg and rotate your body to the right. Make sure that you turn the whole body, including the hips, not just the back.
3. Upper back and back of shoulders
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart or sit on the bed, extending the hands in front of you and slightly rounding your upper back. Be sure to keep your arms straight.