OOOh I love a big stretch when I wake in the mornings. Apart from the fact that I have lower back problems and stretching helps, I just love stretching up and feeling my body wake up. You can even stretch before you get out of bed. I also am a great believer in regular stretching poses especially after workouts and if I’ve been sitting for longer periods. I use specific stretches for running which help my tight hip flexors, hamstrings and calves.
Stretching at any time of the day is important in keeping our mind and bodies in good physical shape. It is however, sometimes overlooked but should be included with your workout or even on it’s own. Sitting for long periods is a ‘no-no’ so you can also set your clock to remind you to stand and take a long stretch.
In this post, I’m concentrating on stretching when you first wake. I suffer lower back problems and doing stretches first thing really helped to relieve the pain and set me up for the day.
3 reasons why you should stretch each morning
Improves Blood Circulation
Stretching gets the blood flowing to your muscles and your brain. Your muscles have tensed up overnight so sometimes you may feel a few aches and pains when you wake up. Doing some slow stretches will loosen up your muscles and improve your concentration levels.
Helps your mind and body welcome the day
Taking a few minutes to stretch when you wake up helps your mind and body start the day in a positive manner. Okay, you might need your coffee or tea first but making the time to stretch will give your body a warm glow. Try it!
Improves our flexibility
As we age, our flexibility is not as good as it once was. Try touching your toes! However, stretching will increase your flexibility. I know I tried 30 days of stretching and was pleasantly surprised at how flexible I felt.
Of course, I find that if I don’t keep up the stretching it doesn’t take long to lose that flexibility and also my lower back can cause me grief! I’ve proven to myself that I by regular stretching and yoga, my back pain is virtually gone.
Easy Stretches to start your day
Do you take time to stretch each morning? Your body and mind will love you for it!
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