5 Morning Stretching Exercises After Getting Out of Bed
Performing a stretching routine every morning after sleeping can help loosen your muscles. (Tweet Me!) Warming up is essential before stretching to prevent some muscle strain. Some of these stretches do not require much time and only need a minimum amount of space. Most of us doesn’t have enough time to do it in the morning, but once you started doing it, it is really beneficial for your overall health. It is necessary before eating healthy foods for breakfast and you will start your day on a positive note.
Stretching Warm Up
When you wake up in the morning, warming up your muscles is required before performing some stretching. Morning stretches will only strain your muscles after a night of not doing an activity. You can shake your arms and your legs for an easy blood flowing. Walk around the house or jog in place to warm up the muscles. Once you finish warming up, then you can do now some stretching.
If you are suffering from an early back pain, stretching your lower back will help loosen up the to muscles. You can warm up your muscles at the back by performing some easy trunk-twists and rest on your chair. Then put your hands on your knees and slowly lean forward until the upper body is parallel to the floor. Then to finish, slowly sit back up. Do this for ten times. If you can feel that your back tighten when you lean forward, then stop and sit back up. Because you just got out of the bed, you might need to warm up a some more before you resume the stretching.
Neck stretching can help in relieving the early morning pain that usually happens after sleeping. Kneel down on your floor and rest the arms on thighs. Then slowly lower the chin toward the upper chest and hold this position for at least five seconds. Next, raise your chin up and lean the head back and look up at the ceiling. Hold this for at least five seconds and repeat the whole movement for three times. Once you finish, turn the head to the right for five seconds and vice versa.
Performing some leg stretching can help your blood flow after sleeping. You can shake your legs to warm up your muscles and place your right hand on the back of a high chair and bend your left leg at your knee, reach back and grasp the left ankle with your left hand. Pull the ankle toward the butt until you feel that your left leg muscle tightens. Hold this position for five seconds, then lower the ankle back down to finish stretching.
Chest and Shoulder Stretching
Stretching the chest and shoulders will help relieve the tension after waking up in the morning. Try to shake your arms to get your blood flowing, and extend the arms out to your sides at the shoulder levels with the palms facing the floor. Then, bring your arms in and crisscross it to form an X. Next, squeeze the chest muscles and return the arms out to your sides. Repeat this exercise and finish your morning stretching routine and start your at home body wrap to tighten and tone your skin.