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Why you should stretch every morning…

Upon waking up what is the first thing you do in the morning?

What does your morning routine look like?

Do you even have a morning routine?

In this article I offer you a short morning stretching routine  you should do every day.

 


Why should I gently stretch in the mornings?

 

Taking 5 minutes in the morning to loosen up is a great way to get the blood flowing, decrease stiffness from sleeping, and help clear that morning mental fog. 

 


Who is this stretching routine for?

 

Well…everyone.

However, this routine is especially great for those desk bound warriors out there. Don’t worry my desk bound friends, Fitness For Business People has your back (literally). 

 


What does each exercise accomplish/how many repetitions should I perform for each?

 

(In order of appearance) 

•Side lying hip abduction→Targets and activates glute medius. 10-20x per side.

•Side lying clam→ Targets glute medius and maximus as well as the anterior hip flexors. 10-15x per side.

•Donkey kick→Targets and activates glute maximus. Aka, booty gains! 10-20x per side.

•Thoracic spine rotation w/ leg support→Works to improve upper back mobility (thoracic spine).   4-6x per side.

•Cat-camel→Promotes gentle and healthy motion within the spine. 4-8x total.

•Small hip circles→Loosens up lower back and hip musculature. Also, helps improve salsa dancing prowess. 5-8x per direction.

•Wall tap hip hinge→Helps groove proper hip hinging motor patterns. 4-8x total.

 


The morning stretching routine you should do every day


Final thoughts

Waking up and performing a gentle stretching routine will go a long way to reduce aches and pains, decrease stiffness in the body, and set you up for a successful day. My call to action is for you to take 5 minutes each morning to perform this simple stretching routine. Try it for a week and see how you feel.

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this stretching routine, or any other morning stretching routine you perform.

 


Image credit

header image- https://pixabay.com/en/yoga-blue-sky-nature-balance-pose-241612/


 

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