Planning your daily activities is definitely not the first thing you need to do in the morning. You should focus on your mind and body instead, and this will bring your health at optimal level.
Randi Ragan, an author and yoga instructor, says that it’s essential how you spend those few minutes before your activities.
We’ll give you a hand on this one. Try these easy stretches to tone your body. And yes, you can do these under the covers, too!
1. Full-body stretch
Inhale, place your arms over the head, while clasping the fingers together. Overturn the palms towards the wall, then far from you. Keep your knees straight, and your toes stretched. Hold your body in this position for 5 seconds. Exhale, and unwind. Do 3 repetitions. This stretch will release and relax your body.
2. Figure-four stretch
Bend your right leg, and cross the left foot over your right knee. That’s how you get the 4 done. Breathe deeply for 5 seconds, and switch legs. This stretch increases the lubrication in your joints and glutes.
3. Bet-to-floor stretch
Set your feet on the floor, and bend your knees. Reach for the flooring with your hands, hanging them over your knees. Stretch your head towards the floor as well. Count to 5, and relax. This is a good way to wake up, and give your back a great stretch, and your brain will get enough oxygen.
4. Knees-to-chest stretch
Lay in your bed, and bend your knees. “Hug” your knees, while pulling them towards your chest. This stretch does wonders for your lower back, and it stimulates both your body and mind. Brooke Blocker, a yoga instructor, says that for optimal results, you need to hold this position for 10 seconds.
5. Supine twist
Stretch your arms on the right side of your torso. Stretch your legs in the opposite direction. Keep your shoulders on the mattress. Hold in this position for 10 seconds, and switch sides. This stretch boosts blood circulation, and works on the spinal muscles.
6. Seated forward bend
Sit on your bed, and stretch your legs. Inhale, exhale and reach for your toes. Inhale again, and stretch even more. Stretch your neck, too. Do 10 repetitions, and relax.
This stretch will prepare your body for your daily activities, especially if you have to sit for numerous hours. It will work on your hamstrings, spine, and hips.