The first thing that comes to our mind when waking up is what we are obliged to do during the upcoming day. However, this shouldn’t be the way how we should start our day. We need to focus on our mind and body instead, and this will bring our health at optimal level.
According to Randi Ragan, an author and yoga instructor, it is of vital importance how we spend those couple of minutes before our daily activities.We shall explain to you how to do that. You can try these simple and easy stretches to tone your body. Moreover, these stretches can be done even under the covers of your bed.
This stretch will relax your body. First, inhale and then put your arms over the head by clasping the fingers together. Then, overturn the palms towards the wall, far from you. Meanwhile, your knees need to be kept straight, and your toes stretched. Stay in this position for 5 seconds. After that, exhale, and unwind. Perform three repetitions.
This one is very good if you want properly to wake up giving your back a great stretch so that your brain gets sufficient amount of oxygen. Place your feet on the floor, and bend your knees. Then, reach for the ground with your hands, hanging them over your knees. Likewise, stretch your head towards the ground. Start counting to 5, and then relax.
The figure-four stretch raises the level of lubrication in your joints and glutes. Start with bending your right leg, and then cross the left foot over your right knee. The stretch is done, now breathe deeply for 5 seconds, and switch legs.
This one is great for boosting blood circulation, and also it has great effect on the spinal muscles. Begin with stretching your arms on the right side of your torso. Then, stretch your legs in the opposite way. The shoulders have to stay on the mattress. Stay in this position for 10 seconds, and after that switch sides.
Seated forward bend
This stretch is very good for people who need to sit a lot during the day. It will prepare the body for your daily activities, and it will work great for your spine, hamstrings, and hips. First, sit on your bed, and stretch your legs. Start to inhale, exhale and reach for your toes. Then, inhale again, and stretch even more. Also stretch your neck. Perform 10 repetitions, and then relax.
This stretch will do wonders for your lower back stimulating both your body and mind. According to the yoga instructor Brooke Blocker for best results, you need to hold this position for 10 seconds. Now, lie in your bed, and bend your knees. Hold your knees like a “hug”, while pulling them towards your chest.