5 Best Morning Stretches that Will Boost Your EnergyWonder how you can incorporate stretches into your work morning routine? Continue reading for more wellbeing tips... Dark, cold wintery mornings can make it hard to get up and go with the same verve as we have during the bright summer months. Luckily, by making just a few tweaks throughout the day, you can boost your energy, your mental health and overall wellbeing. A few techniques I use to stay energised when working long days in the Form office include: drinking fresh water regularly throughout the day; making time for ‘movement snacks’, where you get up from your desk, stretch and move about to get the blood flowing back around your body; and actual snacks, low GI snacks including carrot sticks with hummus, a handful of unsalted nuts, 2 hard-boiled eggs or a banana.
And breathe...To improve energy levels throughout your day try breathing deeply into your belly as often as possible, take long breaths in and out to calm your body and mind. By breathing deeply throughout the day you can also benefit from:
- Boosting your immune system
- Improving mental health
- Increase your cardiovascular performance
- Increase your overall energy levels
- Improve your sleep
The golden 10 minutesI’ve found over the past couple of years that the best way to get your day off to a great start is to take 5-10 minutes as soon as you get out of bed to boost your energy and take a moment to pause before you rush into your day. Taking this time to reset before you start attacking your to-do list, you can approach your day from a place of stillness and calm. By making this daily routine a habit, you can improve your overall mood, wellbeing and keep your body supple and strong. Try these 5 best morning stretches that can help energise your mind and body, preparing you for the day!
- Rag doll / Standing forward-fold
- Releasing tension and stiffness from the head, neck and upper back
- Stretch the front torso
- Strengthens the back, improving posture
- Stimulates the belly, improving digestion
2. Seated forward fold