Morning Stretches

Morning Stretches 
Stretching is one of the best ways to avoid problems such as pulled and strained muscles.  This month let’s be proactive and make an effort to stretch every morning. Not only is this a great way to start your day, it’s a great way to build flexibility and strength. So here are 5 simple stretches we want you to do:

Overarm Stretch 
This is a great full body stretch that requires you to raise your arms above your head while in a standing position. Point your chin and head up as well and hold this position for 10 seconds. Do this stretch at least twice to really stretch your muscles.

Butterfly Stretch
This is a great leg and lower back stretch. Sit on a floor or mat and put the bottoms of your feet together. Then press down gently on your legs with your elbows. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds, rest and repeat. Try doing this exercise at least twice to really stretch your legs and lower back.

 

Neck Circles 
This is a great neck muscle stretch. In a standing position, put your hands on your hip and slowly circle your head in one direction. Try 4 or 5 rotations and then circle your head in the other direction. Try doing this stretch twice to really stretch the muscles in your neck.

Child’s Pose 
This is a great full body stretch. Kneel on the floor with your toes touching and your knees spread apart. Slowly bend over and touch your forehead to the ground. Arms should be at your side or you can extend your arms in front of you. Inhale and exhale slowly and hold for 3 to 5 breaths. Repeat this stretch twice. 

Arms Wide
This is a great arm and shoulder stretch. Start with your arms outstretched and your thumbs pointed down. Gently push your arms back as if you are squeezing something with your shoulder blades. Hold that position for a 10 seconds and then return to a standing position. Repeat this exercise twice to really stretch your muscles.