5 Morning Stretches to Start Your Day

Morning exercises help the body wake up from sleep and prepare it for the upcoming activity, both mental and physical. As soon as we open our eyes, the check of all systems begins. Quick morning exercises help wake up and accelerate metabolism – you will burn 20% more calories compared to a “lazy” day. Ten minutes of morning stretching plus simple exercises will burn an additional 100 calories. In a week, this small amount turns into a solid 700 kcal. You can decide how to spend this bonus – to eat a piece of cake or drink another glass of wine –  but the motivation to get up 15 minutes earlier should definitely appear.  

What Exercises Can You Do in the Morning?

Yogis say: flexibility is the key to youth. For the most part, this is true. With age, the flexibility begins to gradually fade, the tendons become less elastic, and the motion range decreases. But there is also good news: if you add flexibility and stretching exercises to your daily activity and do them regularly, after a while, any person will feel more cheerful and young. You can also add some Delta 9 THC edibles to support your body from the inside and reveal your potential. Now let’s look at the exercises you can do in the morning:

  1. In the bed

Lying on your back, stretch your left leg straight up, clasp it with your hands just above the knee and gently pull it to your chest. Hold like this for 30 seconds. Now do the same trick with the right leg. 

  1. Plank

Sixty seconds of a core-shaking plank probably wasn’t what you had in mind when you imagined a morning stretch. But, your muscles are relaxed after sleep, and it’s important to get your blood circulating before you start deeper stretches. Luckily, you can choose your individual option: either straight-arm plank or forearm plank.

  1. Cat position

Get on all fours, leaning on your knees and palms. Arch your back several times up and down. Hold each position for 15 seconds. Rotate your hips without changing position. Imagine how sexy it all looks from the outside.

  1. Butt bridge

If you sit most of the day, the butt stretch should be your new best friend. Lie on your back, bend your knees and place your feet shoulder-width apart, feet flat on the floor. Straighten your arms with your palms down and put them on the floor. Raise your hips by pressing with your feet and squeezing your buttocks. Take a few deep breaths, then slowly put your hips down to the starting position.

  1. Forward Folding

Sit at a 90-degree angle with your feet together straight out in front of you. Keep your knees straight, and your feet bent. Bend your lower back and lean forward. Try to lean forward with your stomach first, and then with your chest. You should feel a stretch in your knee and back of the thighs.

Stretching can relax muscles, improve mobility, relieve stress, and increase alertness — all these can be especially beneficial in the morning. Enjoy!

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Written by Kesara Bandaragoda

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