Many people argue that there is nothing like jumpstarting your day with a bold, hot cup of coffee. At the same time, many people also believe that there is nothing like jumpstarting your day with some great morning stretches. Whether you are in your teens, 20s, 30s or even in your 60s, stretching is something that should stay in your morning routine.
Stretching allows the body to be properly aligned, opens up the chakras properly and really gets your blood and energy moving. You can some common stretches such as stretching your legs by touching your toes, or doing torso twists to stretch your abdominal muscles, but these are some great stretches that you may want to do in addition to those that you may or may not already be doing.
Standing Leg Stretch
If you are a runner or someone who likes to get up and do early morning walks then this stretch will greatly benefit you. It’s a stretch that will really loosen up your calves, hamstrings, glutes and even your lumbar or lower back area. Simply get a small footstool, or a step, set your heel on top of it until your leg is locked and lean forward slightly with your hands resting on your quad so that you feel a pull from your calves up to your lower back. As you get more flexible and experienced, you could stand and just bend over to touch your toes, but we recommend using a footstool starting out because it is more controlled that way.
Yet, another great stretch for athletes. The butterfly stretch is great for anyone because it loosens up the groin and really gets the blood moving. Plus, it can also benefit men in the prostate area and it can be beneficial for both sexes in the conversation of sexual hormones. To execute this stretch, sit down on the floor and bring your heels close to your groin so that both of your foot soles are touching each other, then just use your elbows to press down on your knees and you’ll feel a slight groin stretch. For a more advanced stretch, you can have someone stand behind you and push your knees down with their hands to get a deeper stretch.
This stretch is vital because it really opens up the thoracic cavity, which is where the heart and lungs are, and it gets the blood and oxygen flowing properly. In addition to that, it also will greatly improve your posture and take pressure off of your spinal cord. Find a corner in your household, raise your arms and clasp your hands on the back of your head, now gently push your torso forward while your elbows are resting on the wall. You should feel a pull in your chest area and the key is to hold it for 15-30 seconds to really relieve some tension in your pectoral muscles.
Conclusion: Morning Stretches
Ultimately, you want to always have some core stretches that you are doing in the morning so that you can make sure that your body stays in balance. You also want to be the fly on the wall. In other words, pay attention to your body. If you notice a little stiffness in a certain area or movement, incorporate a stretch that will help increase your flexibility so that you can resume normal activities.