When you wake up in the morning, the last thing you should do is planning your daily activities, read emails or check your social media.
In fact, hopping out of bed isn’t such a good idea either. Instead, you should focus on your body and mind, and this will bring your health at an optimal level.
According to Randi Ragan, an author and yoga teacher, several minutes a day before any other activity can change you a lot and will help your mind and body function properly.
Try these simple stretches to tone your body. And yes, you can do these under the covers, too! Also, this routine will ease muscle tension, loosen up stiff joints, and quiet your mind before your day begins.
You can stay under the covers to perform this stretch. All you need to do is lock your fingers together, stretch your arms above your head and push your palms towards the headboard as you inhale.
As you do so, lengthen your legs and point your toes. Keep your elbows and knees straight and hold for 5 long seconds and exhale. Repeat 3 times to relax your full body.
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.
Swing your feet over the side of the bed so that they touch the floor. Keeping your knees bent, hang your head and arms down to the floor, rounding your back over your knees. Let your head and arms dangle to the floor; hold for 5 breaths.
This helps stretch the back and helps you wake up thanks to a fresh supply of oxygen to the brain.
While in lying position, bend your knees and let the soles of your feet stay on the bed. With your hands draw one knee toward the chest and wrap your arms around the shins.
This self-hug position will activate the low back and will stimulate the body and mind. Brooke Blocker, a yoga teacher recommends practicing this stretch for 10 deep breaths.
Keeping your knees together, twist your pelvis to bring your right knee to the bed. Hold your left knee with your right hand and turn your neck to the left. Hold for ten breaths and switch sides to ease tension in your spine.
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 many hours. It will work on your hamstrings, spine, and pelvis.