EARLY MORNING STRETCHES YOU SHOULD TRY OUT
So without any further ado, let’s get to the stretches you can perform in the morning:
1. Cobra to child’s pose
The cobra pose opens up the shoulder and neck, thereby improving blood circulation. This pose can also improve the flexibility of the upper and middle back. Moving from the cobra pose to the child’s pose stretches the chest, abdominal muscles, thighs, and hip flexor. So hold this quick stretching flow of cobra to child pose to get rid of the stiffness and pain.
2. Side-lying leg lift
Side-lying leg lift is one of the best exercises for two reasons – one, it helps to build strength in the outer thighs and hip abductors, and two, it relaxes your lower body muscles. You can do this one with utmost ease on your bed.
3. Pilates saw
If your body is generally very stiff and inflexible, then the saw exercise can stretch your back and shoulders. If the start position is uncomfortable or you are rounding into your lower back, try sitting on a block, so your sitting bones are higher than your heels until you have developed your flexibility.
4. Standing forward bend
Standing forward bend is a stretch for your abs that will not just help you tone your belly but will also bestow you with other health benefits. To perform the pose, bend down, touch the floor with your palms, don’t bend your knees, and make sure your forehead touches your knees. If you can’t touch your knee with your forehead, don’t worry. It will still stretch your hamstrings as well as your abdominal muscles, thereby improve digestion.
5. Triangle pose
This standing dip twisting triangle pose stretches the whole body. It helps to activate your core muscles, which aids in balance and stability. By stretching and lengthening the spine, this pose can reduce the stiffness in the spine and back, resulting in increased flexibility.