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5 Daily Morning Stretches for a Better and More Productive Morning

January 8, 2021

5 Daily Morning Stretches for a Better and More Productive Morning

Do you try to make the most of your morning to ensure the rest of your day runs smoothly?

It’s true when they say that how you start your morning determines how the rest of your day will go. That’s why such an emphasis is put on eating a nutrient-packed breakfast  you want to make sure you have the energy you need to power your body throughout the day. 

What you do with your body is just as important as what you put into your body, however. Morning stretches, for example, are a great way to loosen up your joints and muscles to prevent feeling sore after a long day of moving around.

Morning stretches can also help you mentally, as they can help put you into a more relaxed state of mind, therefore helping rid your brain of distractions and have a more productive rest of your day.

If you want a better and more productive day, read on for five stretches to do in the morning and start implementing them into your daily routine.

Upward Stretch

Lock your fingers and raise your arms directly above your head, palms facing up. Lengthen your body through your spine enough to feel a stretch down your arms and through your rib cage. Hold this posture for ten seconds and repeat more than once if desired. 

This stretch can help improve blood circulation immediately after you wake up, allowing your lungs to get the oxygen they need to calm your mind and help you focus.

Child’s Pose

Begin on all fours, either still in your bed or on the floor. Make sure your knees are directly under your hips. On an exhale, bring your butt back to your heels and tuck your chin into your chest. Rest in this position for five breaths with your forehead on your mattress or the ground and your arms outstretched in front of you.

Child’s Pose is great for ridding your mind of stress, helpful in ensuring your day runs smoothly and is productive.

Neck and Shoulder Stretch

An easy way to ease possible built-up tension is to stretch your neck and shoulders.

Sit up straight and alternate between looking to your left and right. After a few rounds of that, alternate by bringing your left ear to your left shoulder, and then your right ear to your right shoulder.

Next, roll your shoulders forward a few times, and then backward a few times. Then complete a few rounds of lifting your shoulders to your ears and releasing them.

Standing Forward Bend

Stand up tall with your feet touching or hip-width apart. Breathe in, lifting your arms overhead, and fold at the hips on the exhale. You want your legs to remain relatively straight, with a slight bend in the knee, so bring your hands wherever they feel most comfortable in this position. Stay here for five breaths.

This stretch can calm the brain and relieve stress, anxiety, and fatigue.

Reclining Spinal Twist

Spinal twists relieve stress in your lower back, stretching out your body for a long day of productivity.

Lay on your back with your legs straight and your arms out in a T position. Bring your right knee up to your chest and lay it over your left leg while turning your face to the right. Hold for five breaths and return to the starting position. Repeat this process with the opposite leg.

Welcome a Productive Day

Creating a daily morning stretch routine is a great way to start your day off on the right foot and ensure your day is as productive as it can be. 

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