6 Simple Stretches to promote energy first thing in the morning.

If it takes a few slams of the snooze button before you can tear yourself out of bed, and a strong coffee upon waking, you’re not alone. Getting out of bed is hard, especially during these winter months. Really hard!

Thankfully there are ways to promote greater energy in the morning, from drinking water and herbal tea, to eating a balanced breakfast and meditating.

Arguably the best way to boost your energy in the morning? Exercise.

This needn’t be a long run or a Gym class- it’s as simple as doing a few stretches to get your increasing your blood flow; you can even do it in your pyjamas 🙂

Here are six morning stretches and exercises to boost your energy!

1. Up Dog to Down Dog Flow

The first pose is a flow start in downward dog (an energy-boosting pose to begin with) and undulate your body forward to transition to down dog/plank position.

Reverse back to downward dog and repeat this pose for one minute. This wave-like move will definitely get your heart rate going and energise a half-asleep body.

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2. Hip opener

Next, move back into downward dog and extend and raise one leg behind you. Once you’ve reached your high point, bend your raised leg and draw your heel toward the bum. Try to keep your shoulders squared with the front of your mat. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other leg.

This pose opens the hips and stretches the back, which get tight while sleeping and sitting all day, as well as strengthens your back, shoulders, arms and legs.

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3. Long lunge

To get the glutes firing, move into a low lunge position, with your front foot directly underneath your front knee and back leg extended straight behind you. From this position, bend your straight leg to tap your knee to the ground, and extend long. Repeat for one minute and switch legs.

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4. Quad stretch

From the lunge position, place your back leg on the mat/towel, bend and draw your heel toward the bum. Reach for your foot with the hand opposite to the leg behind you. From here, either stay in this starting position,  or slowly and gently draw your heel closer to your bum with your hand.

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5. Plank hip opener with thoracic rotation

To get the abs and whole body warmed up, get yourself into plank position and move one leg up, next to and outside your hand on the same side. You will be in a lunge-like position. From here, stretch up your arm on the same side toward the ceiling. Bring it down and repeat pose on the other leg. Move from one side/leg to another as fast or slow as you like for 30 seconds to one minute.

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6. Straddle stretch

To finish, and to get your feet and legs energised for the day, stretch out your legs straight in a V-shape in front of you, and flex and point your feet a few times. From this position, you can extend your hands out in front of you, and breathe in and out deeply, for a stronger stretch.

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This series of 6 stretches will promote a higher level of energy and have you ready to take on your day!

Treat your body!

Hana & Nat

www.thestretchlab.com.au

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