8 Stretching Exercises That Can Boost Your Energy All Day Long


8 Stretching Exercises That Can Boost Your Energy All Day Long

Health experts believe that regular stretching not only increases your muscle flexibility, but it can also ease the feeling of tightness, prevent injuries throughout the day, and improve your blood circulation. So if you want to energize your body and mind for the day ahead, you can perform a set of simple but effective exercises that will only take a few minutes of your precious time.

We at Apegeo gathered 8 stretching exercises that can boost your energy in the morning and will keep your body fresh all day long.

8. Down dog at the wall pose

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The initial position: Standing about 3 feet away from the wall with your face turned toward it and your feet wide apart.

What to do:

  • Slowly bend at the waist and place your palms and forearms on the wall in front of you. They should be about shoulder-width apart.
  • Keeping your legs straight, move your arms down along the wall, and lower your upper torso until it’s parallel to the floor.
  • Make sure that your body creates 2 90-degree angles — one between your legs and upper body and the other between your upper arms and forearms.
  • Hold for 60 seconds, then return to the initial position.

Results: The down dog at the wall pose strengthens your arms, opens your hamstrings, and lengthens your legs. It can also help raise your energy level and improve your self-confidence.

 

7. Twisted child’s pose

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The initial position: Sitting on your knees with your toes together under your buttocks and your knees wider than hip width apart.

What to do:

  • Keeping your buttocks on your heels, slowly lean forward at the waist.
  • Twist your torso toward the left side, place your left shoulder and your head on the ground.
  • Extend your left arm in front of you on the floor with the palm facing the ceiling.
  • Stretch out your right arm above your head and place your right palm on the floor.
  • Hold for 30 seconds, then return to the initial position and repeat on the opposite side.

Results: The twisted child’s pose increases your joint mobility and opens the tiny muscles between your ribs. It also improves your blood circulation and expands your lung capacity.

 

6. Side neck stretch

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The initial position: Sitting on the floor with your spine straight and your legs crossed.

What to do:

  • Extend your right arm to the side and open your palm as if it’s pushing an imaginary wall.
  • Lower your head to the left until you feel the stretch.
  • Place your left hand on your head and gently push it down.
  • Hold for 30 seconds, then return to the initial position, and repeat on the other side.

Results: The side neck stretch works on your neck and shoulders and strengthens your arms. It also helps treat “mommy thumb” by releasing the tension in the muscles of your wrists.

 

5. Camel bridge

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The initial position: Sitting on your knees with your feet about hip-width apart.

What to do:

  • Arch your hips up and away and lift your buttocks off your heels.
  • Open your chest toward the ceiling and relax your head back.
  • Put your hands on your heels and hold for 60 seconds.
  • Slowly return to the initial position.

Results: The camel bridge stretches your hips and activates your glutes. It also helps prevent low back, hip, and knee pain.

 

4. Side-lying quad stretch

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The initial position: Lying on your left side with your head propped up by your left hand.

What to do:

  • Keeping your left leg straight, bend your right knee, and pull your right heel toward your buttocks.
  • Grab your right foot with your right hand and gently increase the stretch by pressing it toward your tailbone.
  • Hold for 30 seconds, then release the stretch and roll over onto your right side to repeat the exercise.

Results: The side lying stretch targets your quads, glutes, and shoulders. It’s also one of the best exercises for those people who suffer from knee pain.

 

3. Half moon pose

The initial position: Standing on the ground with your feet placed wide apart.

What to do:

  • Keeping your legs and spine straight, slowly bend forward, and hold your right foot with your right hand.
  • Bend your knees and move your right hand forward so that it’s placed about 2 feet in front of your right foot.
  • Balancing on your right leg and right arm, straighten your right leg, and simultaneously raise your left leg until it’s parallel to the floor.
  • Extend your left leg, rotate your left hip upward, and lift your left arm up toward the ceiling.
  • Turn your face and look at your left hand.
  • Hold for 30 seconds, then return to the initial position and repeat with the other leg.

Results: The half moon pose strengthens your legs, glutes, and spine. It also relieves stress and anxiety and helps you get rid of back pain.

 

2. Cow face pose with eagle arms

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The initial position: Sitting on the floor with your legs together and extended in front of you.

What to do:

  • Cross your legs so that your right knee is on top of your left one.
  • Raise your arms, bend your elbows and cross the forearms so that the palms of your hands are facing each other.
  • Keeping your arms in front of you, hold the pose for 30 seconds.
  • Return to the initial position and repeat with the opposite leg on the top.

Results: The cow face pose with eagle arms stretches your upper back and shoulders, corrects your posture, and lengthens your spine. It also helps relieve stress and improve your concentration.

 

1. Triangle pose

The initial position: Standing in the downward-facing dog pose with your arms and legs straight and your palms and feet placed on the floor hip-width apart.

What to do:

  • Keeping both of your legs straight, take a big step forward with your left leg.
  • Move your left hand toward your left foot so that they are placed next to each other.
  • Slowly raise your right arm and stretch it out toward the ceiling.
  • Turn your face upward and look at your right hand.
  • Hold for 30 seconds, then return to the initial position, and repeat on the opposite side.

Results: The triangle pose stretches your hips, hamstrings, and spine. It also stimulates your abdominal organs, improves digestion, and relieves back pain.

Have you ever tried these stretches? Which exercises are included in your morning routine? Share your opinions with us in the comments!

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