Waking up in the morning can be a struggle for some people. But once you're out of bed, it's important to do some stretches to help get your body moving and blood flowing. Stretching in the morning can help improve your flexibility, range of motion, and energy levels throughout the day.
There are many different stretches you can do in the morning, but here are a few of our favourites:
1. Cat-Cow Pose
This is a great stretch for your spine and can help relieve any tension you may be feeling in your back or neck. Start on all fours with your hands and knees shoulder-width apart. As you inhale, drop your stomach toward the mat and lift your chin and chest, looking up toward the ceiling. This is the cow pose. As you exhale, draw your stomach up toward your spine and round your back, tucking your chin toward your chest. This is the cat pose. Alternate between these two poses for a few breaths, moving slowly and mindfully.
2. Downward-Facing Dog
This classic yoga pose is a great way to stretch your whole body. Start on all fours, then lift your hips up and back, straightening your legs and bringing your heels toward the floor. Keep your arms straight and your core engaged. You should be forming an upside-down "V" shape with your body. Hold this pose for a few breaths, then release and return to all fours.
3. Child's Pose
This is a restorative pose that can help reduce stress and fatigue. Start on all fours, then sit back on your heels and stretch your arms out in front of you, resting your forehead on the mat. You can also place a block or pillow under your forehead for added comfort. Breathe deeply and slowly in this pose for at least 60 seconds.
4. Cobra Pose
This pose is good for opens up the chest and shoulders and stretches the front of the body. Start lying on your stomach with your legs extended behind you and your palms flat on the floor next to your chest. Slowly lift your head, chest, and shoulders off the floor, keeping your hips and legs pressed into the mat. You can place your hands on your lower back for support. Hold this pose for a few breaths, then release back to the starting position.
5. Runner's Lunge
This stretch is perfect for people who sit all day or have tightness in their hips. Start in a high plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders and your feet hip-width apart. Bring your right foot forward and place it flat on the floor next to your right hand, keeping your left leg extended behind you with your left foot flat on the floor. Lower your hips toward the floor, then press back up to the starting position. Repeat on the other side.
Doing some stretches in the morning can help wake up your body and mind, and prepare you for the day ahead. Give these five stretches a try and see how they make you feel.
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