Ever wondered if morning stretches really make a difference?
Hopping straight out of bed isn’t a great habit to have. Instead, it’s better to slowly ease your body into wakefulness by stimulating your muscles and mind.
If you suffer from morning aches and pains, here are a few easy morning stretches from Randi Ragan, a yoga teacher and author of A Year of Living Mindfully: Seasonal Practices to Nourish Body, Mind and Spirit (1).
6 Morning Exercises
This routine will ease muscle tension, loosen up stiff joints, and quiet your mind before your day begins.
1. Full-Body Stretch
You can stay under the covers to perform this stretch. All you need to do is lock your fingers together, stretch your arms above your head and push your palms towards the headboard as you inhale.
As you do so, lengthen your legs and point your toes. Keep your elbows and knees straight and hold for 5 long seconds and exhale. Repeat 3 times to relax your full body.
2. Figure-Four Stretch
Get out of the covers and lie down with your head and shoulders slightly elevated. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on your sheets. Rest your left ankle below your right knee and hold your right shin with both hands. Hold for 5 deep breaths and repeat on the other side to loosen up tight hips, thighs, and glutes.