Whether you’re prepping for a workout or just a day in the office, taking ten minutes first thing in the morning to stretch can make all the difference. In fact, making quick stretches in the morning a part of your daily routine sets your mind and body up for success, no matter what your day has in store. This week, try starting your day with just a few stretches that feel right for your body. Take note of any tension you might be carrying from the day before and gently stretch through it while remembering to breathe.
So, why can stretching make your day different?
Stretching is the best way to get in touch with your body before a busy day begins. Take a moment to feel any soreness or stiffness. When you pay attention to which parts of your body are uncomfortable, they’re easier to target throughout the day. Whether you’re headed to the gym first thing in the morning or just getting ready to sit at your desk for the next few hours, you’re already more mindful of how your body is handling any stress. This makes it easier to notice slouching, tension, or anything else that might be causing you discomfort.
Stretching increases blood flow and oxygen to muscles throughout the body. This includes the brain! When the brain receives more blood and higher oxygen levels, it has been shown to function more effectively. This can majorly improve your energy level and focus. The best part? If you feel like you’re dragging around lunchtime, take another ten minutes to stretch again and give yourself a natural kick-start for the rest of the day.
Stretching first thing in the morning means ten minutes of peace and quiet to dedicate to yourself. This short window of time is the perfect opportunity to set intentions for the rest of your day. Whether they might be making it to the gym after work, eating a healthy dinner, or focusing on being more positive, being mindful of your goals is the first step toward achieving them.