YOGA TO WARM UP YOUR MUSCLES & MIND
Stretching in the morning, even 5-10 minutes, can vastly improve your quality of life —and science backs this up.
Furthermore, these benefits, as discussed below, last throughout the day (such as energy, without the coffee crash, how awesome is that?). Here are just a few ways that taking 10 minutes, give or take, upon waking, can improve your days and overall quality of life:
INCREASED ENERGY LEVELS THROUGHOUT THE DAY, WITHOUT A CRASH: This is due to increased circulation by increasing the blood flow to muscles when you stretch in the morning. Increased blood flow to muscles = more energy in the morning (who doesn’t want that when they wake up dragging? And every other day…). Furthermore, blood flow is also directed to, and increased, in the brain when you stretch …so, this means, no more sluggish mind in the morning but rather one that is refreshed, rejuvenated, sharp and focused. So, stretching in the morning sets your day off on the right foot by increasing physical energy levels and mental energy levels, leaving you with stamina and mental clarity so you can be your best self for the day …all in 10 minutes, give or a take a few? Not bad.
OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS: Obviously, increased physical and mental energy from such a short amount of time spent stretching each morning topped my list of benefits, considering we are a nation who seems to always be tired and dragging. However, other benefits include, but are not limited to, better posture, increased flexibility and less stiffness (awesome after a long night of sleep and for those who sit at desks all day for work), and less pain (especially lower back pain, as stretching alleviates and prevents such pain by releasing tension in the spine and muscles surrounding it).