Lying in bed all night can cause your muscles to tighten, it’s important to wake up and stretch to release any tension that may have been caused while you were sleeping.
Here are 4 Reasons Why You Should Stretch in the Morning
1. Reduces Stress- Stretching first thing in the morning has a calming effect on your body. One of the main components of stretching is breathing. It’s important to focus on your breath; take deep inhales and exhales to relieve stress. Therefore, it helps relieve tension and relax your muscles, ultimately resulting in a calmer emotional state.
2. Promotes Faster Recovery- Did you have an intense workout the night before? I’m sure you woke up feeling extremely sore. Stretching in the morning will help relieve some of the pain and tension you may be enduring. It will make it easier for you to tolerate the day ahead.
3. Flexibility- Stretching in the morning helps your muscles perform better for the day ahead. According to research, “twenty-seven reports published since 1962 indicated that stretching increased trunk flexibility as well as flexibility about the knee, hip, shoulder and ankle joints. “
4. Prevent Injury- It is especially important to stretch before your morning workout. According to Ideafit.com, “warming up combined with stretching increased the flexibility of the ankle, hip and knee joints. One report demonstrated that static stretching and a cycling warm-up increased flexibility equally for at least 15 minutes.” That being said, increased flexibility often results in injury prevention.