7 Stretching Exercises You Should Do Daily Morning
Daily morning stretching exercises are a really fun, important way to begin your day. This healthxwellness article provides some stretching exercises for every morning.
Stretching is important for warming up before daily routine. Stretching has a lot of benefits in terms of improving elasticity and blood circulation. Even before going to the gym, you need to do stretching to reduce chance of injury and increase the performance.
Morning stretching exercises help in loosening of muscles after sleeping. Muscles strain can also be prevented by warming up before stretching exercise. It’s a great way to get energizing in the morning. It alleviates stress, increases motion, improves circulation and flexibility, prevents muscle injury, reduce muscle soreness and cramping. Here are top 7 stretching exercise for every morning:
Daily Morning Stretching Exercises:
Neck stretches help relieve early morning pain that often occurs after sleeping. Kneel down on the floor and rest your arms on your thighs. Slowly lower your chin toward your upper chest and hold the position for five seconds. Raise your chin up, lean your head back and look up at the ceiling. Hold the stretch for five seconds, then repeat the entire movement three times. After you finish, turn your head to the left for five seconds, then to the right for five seconds. Repeat the stretch three times to thoroughly loosen up your neck.
The standing version is pushing against a wall, but you can also do this exercise simply by pushing against the ground. Many runners in particular can have very tight calves, so this stretch is particularly important if you do a lot of high volume cardio. Feel free to play around with the angle that your foot is pressing against the ground. The further greater the angle of your foot, the more it works your upper vs. your lower calves.
Lower Back Stretches
if you suffer from early morning back pain, lower back stretches will help loosen up your muscles. Warm up your back muscles by doing some easy trunk twists, then sit on a chair. Rest your hands on your knees and slowly lean forward until your upper body is parallel to the floor. Slowly sit back up to finish. Do 10 total repetitions. If you feel your back tighten when you lean forward, stop and sit back up. Because you just woke up, you might need to warm up a little more before resuming the stretch.
This stretch engages primarily your medial and posterior deltoid (shoulder) and is easy to execute. This is a stretch you should definitely perform as you workout as well. Simply press while pulling your opposite elbow towards your opposite shoulder.
This movement stretches all three heads of the triceps muscle. To make the stretch more intense, pull your elbow behind your head as far as possible while keeping the hand of the arm that is being stretched close to the shoulder.
Leg stretches help get the blood flowing in your legs after sleeping. Shake your legs to warm up the muscles, then place your right hand on the back of a waist-high chair. Stand up straight, then bend your left leg at the knee and reach back and grasp your left ankle with your left hand. Pull your ankle toward your butt until you feel your left leg muscle tighten. Hold the position for a count of five then lower your ankle back down to finish the stretch. Do 10 stretches with your left leg then switch sides and do 10 with the right leg.
Lie on your back with your left knee bent (foot on the bed). Lift your right leg up while holding the back of the thigh with both hands. Keeping the leg straight, gently pull the leg towards your abdomen. Stretch, point and flex your ankle as you hold the position for 10 seconds. Switch legs and repeat.