It doesn’t matter who you are, what you want or who you want to become – We all have this desire to have a fresh and pleasant morning feel that also makes us feel great, fit and pumped throughout the day.
As a matter of a fact, a psychologist at Duke University has found that if your morning is great, you’ll be in a better mood all day long. Also, it has great results for people suffering from depression and helps to boost your brain activity and above all, your overall fitness level.
5 Simple Yet Amazing Morning Exercises
That being said; here are 5 simple morning exercises you should perform right after waking up from sleep and avail the benefit throughout the day.
1. Cat Camel Stretch
Starting your day with some stretching exercise helps to tone up your muscles and prevents arthritis. You can opt for both dynamic or static stretching but I prefer the dynamic one like cat camel stretch. Not only in the morning, but you can also try it after long hours of sitting at work.
To perform, kneel down on all fours, round your back like a camel with your head trying to meet the pelvis and your butt bulging out like a camel hump. You’ll feel a great stretch in your body. Hold the position for 5-10 seconds and repeat 3-5 times.
After stretching, extending your body will further relieve your muscles and joints and make them stronger. Yoga instructor Stephanie Mazzanti at CTCA in suburban Chicago says that extending your body also helps relieve the daily stress.
So, just lay straight on your back, cross the fingers and forces your hands up as much as you can from your shoulders with your toes pointed straight. Hold the extension for a few seconds and release. Repeat 3-5 times.
It’s fun, it’s healthy and it’s great for strengthening your spine. Rolling in the morning helps to enhance the spinal line blood stream and diminishes anxiety and fatigue in no time.
To roll, sit on the floor and pull your legs towards yourself. Now catch them using both your hands and round your back as much as you can comfortably. Finally, lean backwards, move on your back and come back to your starting position. This way, you’ll roll!
The hummer exercise, not much familiar, is great for unwinding of the spine, especially between your shoulder bones. While this exercise focuses on the entire body, you’ll feel a considerable force on your core but don’t worry, it’s actually good for developing its strength.
To start, rest on your back and put the right hand under the left side of the shoulder and left hand under the right side of the shoulder. In simple, you’ll wrap them on the opposite sides. Now, lift your mid area and begin tapping your back on the floor. Continue to do for a few seconds and then release your body. Repeat 3-5 times.
5. Hip Bridge
Last but not the least, perform the hip bridge exercise. It’s great for strengthening the legs, relieving the back pain and strengthening your spine.
To perform, lay flat on your back with your hands by your side. Now bend your knees at 90-degree angle, keep the back straight and using your hands, lift the entire back off the ground. Hold this position for as long as you can and release. Repeat twice or thrice.