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Wake Up and Stretch: 10 Essential Morning Stretches for a Healthy Start

Rise and shine! Starting your day with a series of invigorating stretches not only boosts your energy levels but also sets a positive tone for the day ahead. Incorporating these 10 essential morning stretches into your routine will help you enhance flexibility, improve circulation, and kickstart your metabolism. So, roll out of bed, slip into your comfy workout gear, and let's get stretching!

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Morning Stretches

1. Neck Stretches

Gently tilt your head from side to side and forward and backward to release tension in your neck. Hold each position for 15-30 seconds, breathing deeply.

2. Shoulder Rolls

Roll your shoulders backward in a circular motion for 30 seconds and then switch to a forward roll. This helps loosen up your shoulder muscles and improves upper body flexibility.

3. Spinal Twist

While seated or lying down, cross one leg over the other and twist your torso in the opposite direction. Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds on each side, feeling the release in your lower back.

4. Hamstring Stretch

Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you and reach towards your toes. Hold for 20-30 seconds. This stretch is excellent for increasing flexibility in the hamstrings and lower back.

5. Chest Opener

Interlace your fingers behind your back, straighten your arms, and lift them slightly. Open your chest and hold for 20-30 seconds. This stretch counteracts the forward slump many of us develop from sitting.

6. Quad Stretch

While standing, bring one heel toward your buttocks, holding onto your ankle. Feel the stretch in the front of your thigh. Hold for 20-30 seconds on each leg.

7. Hip Flexor Stretch

Kneel on one knee with the other foot in front, forming a 90-degree angle. Gently push your hips forward, feeling a stretch in the front of the hip. Hold for 20-30 seconds on each side.

8. Ankle Circles

Sit or stand and rotate your ankles in a circular motion, first clockwise and then counterclockwise. This helps improve ankle mobility and can alleviate stiffness.

9. Wrist Flexor Stretch

Extend your arm in front of you, palm facing down. With your other hand, gently press down on your fingers to stretch the forearm. Hold for 20-30 seconds on each arm.

10. Deep Breathing

Finish your stretching routine with a few minutes of deep breathing. Inhale through your nose, filling your lungs, and exhale slowly through your mouth. Focus on the rhythm of your breath to centre your mind and prepare for the day.

Remember, consistency is key. Make these stretches a daily morning ritual, and you'll soon experience increased flexibility, reduced muscle tension, and a refreshed start to your day.

Pair these stretches with a glass of Wholesome Juicery's cold-pressed goodness for a complete and wholesome morning routine!


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