4 Morning Stretches to kick-start your energy

Nothing beats a gentle morning stretch. The best way to start your day full of energy and revitalized.

The secret often lies in the simplest of things. At the end of the day, it's all about keeping our muscles active and healthy and firing up our metabolism.

Flexibility is achieved by including stretching sessions in our regular training. It helps us increase mobility and promotes development of muscle mass.

Take 5 minutes to do these exercises and feel the difference.

Always stretch to the point where it’s comfortable and not painful.

1. 1. Bow Pose: an arch to stretch your back

Bow Pose will align your whole back, open up the chest, abdomen, quadriceps and hips.

From the hips to the throat, maintaining this position will align your whole back (and increase flexibility in the spine), open up the chest, abdomen, quadriceps and hips.

To do this correctly, lie on your stomach, carefully stretching your arms back and up while bending your knees. Grab your ankles or feet with your hands and hold the position for 20-30 seconds, making sure to keep your shoulders down.  

2. 2. Cobra pose: a stance to stretch

Cobra pose to release shoulders tension, activate your back and abdominal muscles.

Another yoga classic that we can practice in the stretching classes is the cobra.

Thanks to this exercise your shoulders will release tension while you manage to activate your back and abdominal muscles.

Lie face down with your feet together and your hands placed at chest level. Then, lift your upper body up by stretching your arms gently and look slightly upwards. Your arms can be as straight (like upward facing dog) or as bend as comfortable for you. Hold for 20-30 seconds.

3. 3. Stretch the arms

Stretch the arms from bed to ease shoulder and neck tension

Triceps are the protagonists here.

Sit up with your back straight (but relaxed, without accumulating tension) and stretch your arms upwards. Then, bend your right elbow and bring the right palm toward the center of your back. Gently push down with your left hand. Hold for 15 seconds before changing arms.

4. 4. Twist

Twist to align your spine to reset and balance your body

Align your spine to reset and balance your body

Lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the mattress (mat or floor). Slowly let your knees fall toward the right until you feel a gentle stretch in your spine. Hold for 10 seconds and return to the starting position. Repeat on the left.

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