Stretches To Start and End Your Day!

One small thing that has changed my daily routine is implementing 10 minutes of stretching in the morning and 10 minutes of stretching at night. It all comes down to intention. I am an early riser, and sometimes that is not really by choice. I have noticed that by stretching for 10 minutes, I have woken faster and in a better mood. You get the blood flowing and shake the cobwebs off of any tightness you built within your body as you slept. A majority of people twist themselves into pretzels to create "comfortable" sleeping positions, which they will undoubtedly pay for in the morning.

If you are one of those people that procrastinates getting out of bed in the first place, you might as well put that procrastination to good use — stretching upon waking and raises your heart rate and boosts energy levels. The motion of the stretches increases circulation and promotes general joint and muscle health.

Simple moves like:
The upper back stretch
The spinal twist
Side stretches
Forward bends
Cobra stretches
Knees to chest
Neck stretches
Shoulder Stretches
Hamstring Stretches
Butterfly Stretches
These are all examples of moves that get you ready and limber for your day while also putting you in a better mood.

Ending the day with the stretches give me an apparent wind down from the chaos that was my day and get me in the correct headspace so that I can fall asleep quickly. Your body remembers the movements as you work through them in the order that works for you. It is that regimen that ensures a relaxed feeling over the body, prompting a better night's sleep.

I am a person that likes schedules. I love organization, so by breaking up my day with the healthy stretches, I also prompt an overall healthier lifestyle. It is the ease in which I can work through the circuit, which makes it easy for me to make it an everyday thing. The best part is, I don't even have to leave my bed. Stretching in your bed and stretching as part of a full workout routine are two very distinct experiences; you cannot tell me differently, so even if I don't get to an entire workout in, at least I was able to make one healthy choice in the day. One healthy choice can lead to another and then another until it becomes a natural habit. That's the goal, right?
I have been doing the daily stretches for a few months now, and I have to say, I can see the difference in my stamina throughout the day. I sleep throughout the night without waking (which is something I had trouble with beforehand.) I have a more even level of energy in the day, so I don't crash from episodes of typical overexertion or even lunch.

I hope at least some of you try and implement these simple tasks into your day to day routine. Find what moves work for you. Construct a circuit for the type of sleeper you are and try it for a few weeks. Let us know how you feel?
Until next time readers…

-Bianca A.

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