5 Minute of Stretches to Start Your Morning

(Stretching starts at 1:24)

Stretching is a great way to improve your mobility and flexibility.  This will strengthen your body as a whole and allow for stronger exercises all around.  These five exercises take only five minutes and is a nice alternative from the morning coffee grind.

When doing these stretches, it is important to concentrate on your breathing.

Butt Lifts-

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  • These are good for your hip flexors.
  • You want to focus on tightening the glutes, with a straight line from the shoulders to knees.

 

Cat Cow

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  • Start with aligning your knees and hands on the ground.
  • Then hale and arch the back and head.  This is the ‘Cat’ Pose
  • Next exhale and curl your body up. This is the ‘Cow’ Pose
  • Do this for about 10-20 seconds.

Hindu squats

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  • Lower  your body down slowly in a circular motion, while raising your arms up.
  • Make sure to keep your knees arched over the toes.
  • Continue this motion for 10-20 seconds

Ballet stretch

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  • Start off by keeping your back straight.
  • Then turn towards the right foot with your arms in a perpendicular position.
  • While keeping your arms in this position, move down towards the legs.
  • You want to try and stretch your chin or chest to your shin.
  • Move the arms to the center, then left, then up in a circle movement.
  • Reverse the motions and repeat.
  • arms out and go down. Want chin or stretch rest down towards chin

Reach to the Sky

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  • Start by keeping the back straight,
  • Then take your arms, palms facing down and stretch down to your toes.
  • Then raise them up, flipping the hands so they are palms facing up, till you reach the sky.
  • This is a good hamstring and shoulder stretch.

 

Bonus: Kung fu stretch

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  • Begin with your finger tips facing each other.
  • You want your hands by the hip, with a slight turn to the upper body.
  • Take your right arm and make a circular clock motion.
  • Then simultaneous take your left arm and follow the right.
  • Once your reach the center flip your palms, reach down and repeat.

 

 

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