Health & Wellness

The No 1 Stretch to Start Your Day

March 5, 2016

No 1 stretch

As part of our 30 days to a More Flexible You Challenge, we are all trying to stretch for at least 10 minutes each day for 30 days.  Seems easy right?  However, some of us are not quite as flexible as others and we suffer from lower back pain and vulnerability.

Do you wake up stiff and sore, especially in the lower back region?

I don’t know about you, but I toss and turn and sometimes end up in the most awkward of sleeping positions and I wake up with a sore back.  During sleep we can’t control our muscles and we need to get the blood flowing when we wake up.

This short video shows the #1 Stretch that I start my day with.  It was produced by Osteoworks.  I only recently started visiting an Osteopath and the ease that the sessions brought to not only my lower back but my whole body was AMAZING!

Such a great feeling -ooooh!

Investing in a soothing massage can also help and your muscles feel totally relaxed and warm.


Click here to discover 6 lower back stretches and exercises that I try to do each day to keep flexible. I usually hold for 30 secs to 1 minute depending how much time I have.  Even 10 minutes of stretching is better than nothing.  Although if you can put in 20 minutes of stretching a couple of times a week you will certainly benefit from the extra time.

Lower Back Pain

Do you have a headache or neck ache?  You need to stand up and STRETCH!

If you sit down for long periods you can tend to slouch over the desk which puts extra strain on your neck and back muscles. Stand up and stretch with your arms above your head and then from side to side – set an alarm to remind you and try to do this every 40 minutes or so.


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  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton March 16, 2016 at 01:53

    Excellent, I’m so stiff when I wake up at times, this will get me started on my day feeling good, not stiff and old! LOL Thanks!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 16, 2016 at 12:42

      Oh I had you in mind when I wrote this as I know you can’t do as much as you would like. I do this each morning and it really helps me get going. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Lori March 19, 2016 at 00:53

    Good stuff! I need to make the time to do stretches in the morning. I tend to hop on my computer first thing (after feeding pets and making coffee) and that’s not good.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 19, 2016 at 15:43

      Well I was exactly the same Lori, that is why I thought the challenge would be a good idea to maybe help me start a better morning routine. I can now touch my toes so pretty impressed with that! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Lee MacArthur March 19, 2016 at 05:32

    I am not a morning person. I’ve discovered I need to be up and moving for a while before I can even think about stretching or I won’t get the full benefit. I do find that I feel so much more alive after stretching. I have a goal to touch my toes by summer…..LOL. I’ll be honest, even has a teenager I’ve never been really flexible but I’m going to try to meet my goal.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 19, 2016 at 15:46

      Well I’ve just managed to touch my toes after three weeks and I’m so happy with that. As long as we stretch it doesn’t matter when we do it. Whatever works for you Lee. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by to comment. I hope you visit again.

  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs March 20, 2016 at 10:24

    Stretching is so important! Sometimes people just don’t get that the flexibility component s as important as the strength for a healthy fit body.

    Ironically, as I write this, I am exhausted after a day of stretching! I’m takIng a course to teach Life Stretch. It’s a group exercise class based on the principles of Fascial Stretch Therapy, where we stretch the entire muscle, joint, and fascial line. It’s a game changer.

    Thanks for sharing at the Blogger’s Pit Stop!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2016 at 07:52

      Your course sounds so interesting Debbie I will look forward to future posts from you. I’m now converted to stretching!

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