Living in New York, or any major city, we’re constantly on our feet. Walking blocks, scaling escalators or stairs, moving from train to train, and that’s just our commute.
Once we’re in work-mode, we’re sitting at our laptops / desktops for most of the day, barely moving our joints and muscles. On top of that, we’re dealing with different situations throughout the day that can act as stressors.
All of these things can weigh on our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Needless to say, regular TLC is a must.
Stretching is an easy way to release the day’s tension, loosen your muscles and get your energy back to balance. It’s also a beneficial start to the day after a night of sleeping, or end before bed.
I’ve been showing some of my morning stretch routine on Instagram story, and started to receive messages about it. Thought I’d sum it up in a blog post just for you guys.
It’s easy and it feels good. All you’ll need is 10 minutes, relaxing music (feel free to play my Jazzin + Relaxin Spotify playlist), natural light and you’re ready to get to stretchin’.
6 Stretches to Ease Tension + Get Your Blood Flowing
Arms Up Stretch
Start each morning by stretching your arms straight towards the ceiling, palms facing up. This little reach is another way of telling your body good morning, it helps get the blood flowing. Hold for 10 seconds.
Next, is loosening up the torso. Spread out your feet, and reach with your right arm towards your left side, hold for 10 seconds. Repeat with your left arm.
This stretch is a great way to release tension in your neck after a night’s sleep. Hold your head with your right hand, tilting it into your shoulder, while stretching your left hand out straight. I usually make my hand a fist and squeeze to release even more tension.
Then bring that arm down slowly as you raise your head to do the same thing to the other side.
Try this 15-min at-home workout if you’re feeling extra motivated.
Now on to the shoulders to shake off more of that sleep. Rotate your shoulders four times forward, then backwards. Then raise them up to your ears and hold for a few seconds, then let them fall. Repeat this series three times.
This is one of my faves, especially first thing in the morning and after a long day of walking around the city.
Simply lay with your back flat on the ground, bring one knee up to your chest (or as close as you can), while the other leg remains flat on the ground. Do the same thing for the other side.
Finish it up by holding both knees with both hands. Hold each for 20 seconds.
Reach down to touch your toes. Feel free to do each leg separately for an even better stretch. Hold for 20 seconds.
Don’t forget to breathe through each exercise! Also, make sure you’re hydrated. I hope these will help get your day started or ended on a relaxed yet rejuvenated note.
Be sure to share this post with a friend who could use some TLC in the morning or any time of the day!