New Year, New You, Tip 3: 5 Stretches You Should Do To Start Every Morning

New Year, New You, Tip 3: 5 Stretches You Should Do To Start Every Morning

1. Reach To The Sky Stretch

Raise your arms towards the sky; it's a great way to get the blood flowing and wake up the body. Lace your fingers together and raise your hands above your head, palms facing upward. Elongate your spine and feel the stretch in your ribcage and arms. Hold for a count of 10.

2. Neck Stretch

A brief neck stretch goes a long way in the morning and can ease tension that happens while sleeping. To stretch the muscles on the right side of your neck, turn your left ear over to your left shoulder and hold for 20 seconds. Repeat on the other side to stretch out your left side. Repeat this entire sequence three times.

3. Spinal Stretch

This is a great stretch to help with tension in your lower back. Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds on each side and don't be alarmed if you hear some "cracks" in your spine. Remember, do not force anything. Lay flat on your back and take your knees to your waist and lay your knees to the left, hold, and then to the right and hold. 

4. Hip Stretch

This helps your lower back, hips, and abs. Lay on your back, bend your knees with feet flat on the floor. Push your hips up into the air (if you are doing it right you, your body will look like a bell curve). 

5. Laying Down Quad Stretch

 This is a great stretch to finish on and gets your legs ready for the day! to really maximize your quad stretch, lay on your side and bring your ankle to your butt, holding at your ankle, squeeze your butt while active in the position. Then do the other side. Hold for at least 10 seconds. 

Stretching is a great way to stay healthy, lean and ready for the day. This is a quick 5-minute process that will make every morning better and better. 

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