SPRINGTIME MORNING STRETCHES
After a good night’s sleep, awaken to the sunny spring mornings with gentle body stretches.
All of us use the same groups of muscles to function during the course of our day. Legs, back, arms, and hand muscles benefit from a morning wakeup routine.
While standing at your teeth brushing sink, perform toe raises. Rise up onto your tippy toes 10 times each leg, slowly. This exercise readies the body for walking and awakens the multitude of balance receptors located in the foot and ankle. Nimble feet promote efficient walking and improved balance.
Stretch your back muscles by lying on your back and ultimately raising your knee to your chest and squeeze the knee toward the chest slowly. Return the leg to the floor. Repeat with the other leg. Inhale as you alternate and move legs. Exhale as you squeeze your knee into your chest. Repeat 10 times for each leg.
The arm and hand muscles benefit from a morning workout of wall pushups or even regular floor pushups. Glide the shoulder blades forward and away from the spinal column while you perform the pushup. This ensures that you are incorporating the most important shoulder muscle groups while you perform the pushup. Wall or floor pushups are best done in repetitions of 10. Do them slowly and coordinate your breathing pattern with your exertions.
Moving the body through this springtime morning routine will ensure the smooth operation of your physical vessel throughout the day. Additionally, research has shown that a morning stretch routine also helps clarity and alertness in thinking.
For more information on mind and body wellness, contact Cresswell Physical Therapy and Hand Rehabilitation, Inc. We have a satellite clinic located inside Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Center as well as our main facility at 2449 Court Street, downtown Redding. Most Insurance Accepted. Call us for an appointment now, (530)2447686.