Why Is Stretching So Beneficial?
Stretching your body every day is very important for your muscles. It will lead to greater flexibility and range of motion, while also improving your balance and posture. Stronger muscles mean better physical performance and lower risk of injuries, which is something we all want.
Below you’ll see a list of stretches you can perform every morning to boost your peak physical performance and make your body strong and flexible.
Standing Hamstring Stretch
Put a chair or bench in front of you, then put one of your heels on it. Flex the foot and bend with your upper body toward it. Just crease your hips and keep your back straight. Hold for about 30 seconds, then repeat with your other leg.
Standing Forward Bend
Stand upright with your feet together and your knees slightly bent. Now, fold down with your torso by moving from your hips. Don’t put too much pressure on your back. Put your hands on the ground beneath your feet, keep your back straight, and exhale deeply. Stay like that for the duration of four deep breaths, then go back up. Repeat the exercise a few times per day.
Open up a door in your home and place your arms on the doorframe. The forearms should be against the frame itself. Bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle and keep your triceps parallel to the ground. Now, bend your right knee until you feel your muscles stretching, then hold for 30 seconds. Repeat the door stretch a few times more.
Elevated Pigeon Stretch
For this stretch, you’ll need a bed or some kind of box in front of you. Put your left knee and leg on the bed, then square the hips when the knee is over your front shoulder. Keep your hands on the bed for better balance and hold the position for 5 deep breaths.
Standing Side Stretch
Lock your hands and fingers, then put them over your head. Now, bend your body to the right, breathe in and out slowly for 5 times, then go back to the center and repeat the same on the right.
Cat and Cow Stretch
This unusual stretch may look simple, but it actually stretches a variety of muscle groups. Go down on all fours, keeping your wrists under your shoulders and knees underneath your hips. Inhale deep and pull your abs in as much as possible, then bend the spine and go back to the original position. Let your head fall back as much as you can and hold the position for 15-20 seconds.
Stand upright with your hands behind your back fingers interlocked. Now, raise your arms while bending with your torso forward. Make sure you bend at the waist. Raise your arms over your head as much as possible, hang your head loose and touch your palms together. Hold the stretch for half a minute and repeat it a few times more.
Straight Leg Calf Stretch
Stand next to a wall or something to hold on to. Place both your hands on it and extend your arms. Lean against the wall, stepping forward with one of your legs and keeping the other behind. Hold the stretch for up to a minute, then repeat it with your other leg.