Instead of hitting the snooze button in the morning, let’s take the extra 10 minutes to stretch and get the body fired up for the day. The awesome news is you can do it right from the comfort of your own bed. With the immense amount of time and energy spent standing, sitting, and/or typing our bodies could use the boost. Stretching in the morning is a great way to ease away any stress or tension from the previous day or a funky sleeping position.
“Decreased flexibility may be a common aspect of aging, but it’s one that you can do something about.” – Jane, fitness Blogger
Here are four morning stretches you can do from comfort of your bed or the floor to help jumpstart your day at the office.
1.Claw stretch: This is great for those who spend numerous of hours at the computer. Hold your hand in front of you and bend your fingers trying to touch the base of each finger joints. Your hand will appear like a claw. Hold it for 30 to 50 seconds. Repeat this exercise four times. This will help improve motion in your fingers. No room for arthritis!
2.Full-body stretch: Lie on back, arms and legs stretched out long. Flex feet and press through heels, stretching legs and arms and lengthening the torso. If you are sitting for long periods at a time the full body is definitely a must.
3.The cat stretch: Feeling stiff? The cat stretch is a great Pilates exercise to increase flexibility in the lower back and combats chronic back pains.
(Inhale to prepare (Fig 1) Exhale into the deep stretch (Fig 2) Inhale flat, Exhale into deep cat (Fig 3) Exhale (Fig 4)) ***Remember to hold each pose for at least 15 seconds.
4.Bridge: Bend knees up, feet flat on bed. Start at the base of your spine and lift hips until torso is in a straight line from knees to shoulders. This stretch engages your abs, buttocks, hips, and lower back.
Repeat each 5-10 times
See that wasn’t too bad was it? Studies reveal stretching a total of six times per week, whether it be every day stretching or stretching twice daily on fewer days is proven to increase health and vitality by at least 28%.
Get Up, Lie down and stretch !