Stretching in the morning can be a great way to wake up your body, increase flexibility, and prepare yourself for the day ahead. Here are eight stretches you can consider incorporating into your morning routine:
Gently tilt your head to one side, bringing your ear towards your shoulder. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Roll your shoulders forward and backward in a circular motion to relieve tension and promote flexibility.
Interlace your fingers behind your back, straighten your arms, and lift your chest while squeezing your shoulder blades together. Hold for 15-30 seconds.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart and reach one arm overhead, leaning to the opposite side. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart and slowly bend forward at the hips, reaching towards your toes. Keep your knees slightly bent if needed. Hold for 15-30 seconds.
Sit on the floor with one leg extended and the other bent. Reach forward towards your toes on the extended leg, keeping your back straight. Hold for 15-30 seconds and switch legs.
Stand tall and grab your ankle or foot behind you, pulling it towards your glutes. Keep your knees close together and hold for 15-30 seconds. Repeat with the other leg.
Stand facing a wall with one foot forward and one foot back, placing your hands on the wall. Lean forward, keeping both heels on the ground, until you feel a stretch in your calf. Hold for 15-30 seconds and switch legs.
Remember, it’s essential to listen to your body and avoid any stretch that causes pain or discomfort. If you have any underlying medical conditions or concerns, it’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before starting a new stretching routine.