Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Morning Stretch Routines To Start Your Day Right!

By: Stuart Carter, Dip. PT, Precision Nutrition 1,

C.O.O., The Fit Father Project

morning stretch routines

Did you know that morning stretch routines can help you to improve your fitness levels and flexibility?

You know that stretching before exercise is important to help prevent injury.

But, your morning stretch routines can help energize your body and set you up for the day.

It can be challenging to add stretching into your busy morning ritual.

This guide will show you how to do it right.

Keep reading to learn the importance of stretching and some great morning stretch routines to add to your day!

Learn about exercising with arthritis and how to do it safely and effectively.

See the program 38,000 guys over 40 are using to get results like these

Why Stretch in the Morning?

Sleeping allows your body to relax.

But this is not always enough to correct your poor posture during the day!

This is particularly true if you spend a lot of time sitting.

Morning stretch routines are the perfect way to correct your posture and start the day how you mean to carry on!

You’ll also find that morning stretch routines can assist you in eliminating the aches and pains that often accompany getting out of bed in the morning.

But that’s not all!

Morning stretch routines are a great way to get the blood flowing.

This improves the supply of oxygen to your organs and muscles, preparing them for action.

The brain is included in the process, which means stretching can actually kick start your concentration for the day!

Stretching is important for maximizing your range of motion.

It can take your focus off the day ahead, reducing stress and allowing your body to function properly.

Of course, stretching is also important before you exercise to reduce the risk of injury and improve your performance.

Meet Burn RX. The Safe & Effective Metabolism Booster To Help You See Faster Results& Feel More Energized

Burn RX is for guys who are working on losing weight and want to see faster and easier results from their eating & exercise efforts. It helps your body burn more fat before, during, and after your workouts, which will improve your body composition while boosting your energy + metabolism.

Morning Stretch Routines to Get You Started

The key to your morning stretch routines is to keep it simple.

Ideally, you should be able to jump out of bed and complete 5-10 stretches in approximately 10 minutes.

This will be enough to make a difference in your daily life and have a surprising effect on your fitness levels!

The Neck Stretch

Your neck can get stiff after sleeping, but also when sitting at a computer all day.

The neck stretch is a simple but effective move to hale alleviate the stiffness.

  • Tip your right ear towards your shoulder, gently pushing it down with your right hand.
  • At the same time reach for the floor with your left hand.
  • Return and repeat the other side.

Chest Release

  • Place both arms behind your back with hands interlocking.
  • Keep your arms straight and pull them up slightly as you pull your shoulders back.
  • You’ll feel the stretch in your chest.

Upper Back

  • Now put your hands together straight out in front of you and move your chin to your chest.
  • Then pull your shoulders together while raising your hands slightly.

The Side Stretch

  • Your feet will need to be hip-distance apart.
  • Put your arms above your head and use your right hand to grab your left wrist.
  • Then bend to the right side and feel your left stretching.
  • Repeat in the other direction.

Yoga Cat

  • You’ll need to put your knees and hands on the floor.
  • Tuck your chin into your chest and arch your back upwards.
  • Hold for several seconds before inverting the stretch and repeat.

Hip Flex

  • You will need to adopt a lunge position.
  • It is important to keep your back straight.
  • Lean forward slightly and you’ll feel your hip stretching on the same side as your low knee.
  • Repeat on the other side!

The Cobra

This is another yoga stretch.

  • You’ll need to lie on the floor, face down.
  • Your hands should be flat on the floor just in front of your shoulders.
  • Push up with your arms to straighten them.
  • Keep your waist on the floor and go as high as you can without feeling pain.

See the program 38,000 guys over 40 are using to get results like these

The Do's of Stretching

While stretching is very important it is important to understand that even stretching has risks!

To ensure you get the most from your morning stretch routines you should do the following:

  • Focus. Focusing on the area you’re stretching will help to ensure you are moving the right muscles and completely the exercise properly.
  • Target. It is important to be aware of your body and specifically which muscles are tight. This will ensure you choose morning stretch routines that target the right muscle groups.
  • Push It. The point of stretching is to push your body. It’s okay to feel the stretch; it’s not okay to put yourself in serious pain.
  • Stick With It. It might not feel like your morning stretch routines are having an effect but they are. Perseverance is key as your flexibility and even fitness will improve slowly.
  • Closed Chain. A closed chain stretch exerts pressure on the soles of your feet or on the palms of your hands.  These types of movements create a strong reflex extension and will improve your flexibility far quicker than open chain exercises.

Meet Joint RX. The Advanced Joint Support, Recovery Aid, Inflammation & Pain Reducer for Men 40+

Joint RX is for guys feeling the aches of getting older and want a research-backed supplement to feel better & move younger. It will help reduce pain in your problem areas and help you workout with less pain. Joint RX increases your body's natural joint lubrication to boost your healing and recovery so you stay strong & mobile with age.

The Don'ts of Stretching

Of course, there are several things that you shouldn’t do!

  • Time Limit. You should never hold an intense stretch for longer than 15 seconds; this will deprive your muscles of oxygen. The consequence of this is a buildup of connective tissue which will weaken your muscles and actually decrease your flexibility!
  • Reversing The Stretch. If you stretch a muscle, such as your lats by hanging off a bar then don’t reverse the motion and pull yourself back up. This will ruin the effect of the stretch!
  • Hold Your Breath. Part of the reason that yoga should be part of your morning stretch routines is that it ensures you focus on breathing. You should never hold your breath while stretching; this will tense your muscles. Breathe out slowly while stretching to maximize the effect.

Stuart Carter Dip. PT, Precision Nutrition 1

C.O.O., The Fit Father Project

Stuart gained his Diploma in Personal Training & Sports Medicine through Premier Global, back in 2001. In 2018, he completed his Level 1 Precision Nutrition qualification.

Throughout his career in Fitness, Stuart has trained hundreds of clients, worked in almost every position in the industry, and ran his own successful training studio.

After a hiatus away from the Fitness industry, working in Corporate Management and Finance, Stuart returned to what he loves… Fitness! This return led to a chance meeting with Dr. Balduzzi, and a place in the Fit Father Project team.

Brotherhood Nickname: The Fit Brit
Bragging Rights: 18 Years in the fitness industry, Author of ‘The Easy Fitness Guide', Father of 4 boys and Husband to a Venezuelan beauty.

Here’s How Busy Fathers Over 40 Are Finally Burning Stubborn Belly Fat & Getting Healthy Without Restrictive Diets or Time-Consuming Workouts

This proven "Fit Father Program" has helped 38,000 busy men 40+ lose weight, rebuild muscle, and finally keep the weight off.

If you're frustrated with stubborn belly fat, failed diets, and time-consuming workouts, this is the answer you’ve been looking for…

Join 38,000 guys in over 108 countries that are using FF30X to lose weight. You get everything you need to succeed – including:
  • The Fit Father Meal Plan – with simple & delicious recipes
  • Safe & Effective Workouts Program – only 90 min/week
  • VIP Accountability Coaching – our Fit Father Team will personally walk you to success, step-by-step.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FF30X >> See the FF30X Program overview here. You’ll discover how this proven Fit Father Program can help you lose weight and actually keep it off – without the complication and restriction of normal diets. »
 

*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on morning stretch routines.

Share

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Fit Father Project Fact-Checking Standards

Our Fit Father Project Team’s deepest commitment is to helping you live healthier for both yourself and your family. And when it comes to online content, integrity and trust is everything. That’s why our Fit Father Project staff-writers are all trained professionals in the field of health and wellness (registered dieticians, licensed personal trainers, and licensed physicians) – see the full team here. We rigorously run all of our articles through a rigorous editorial process to ensure the accuracy, simplicity, and utility of the information. And we aren’t just a team of “academics” sitting in an ivory tower. We are real people – with jobs, responsibilities, and families – working hard in the trenches and testing our tips & methods out to make sure you can stay healthy for family.

Here is what you can expect from us on our Fit Father Blog and YouTube channel:

  1. All of our content is written and reviewed by licensed health professionals (dieticians, personal trainers, doctors).
  2. In nearly all of our articles, we link to published research studies from the most respected peer-reviewed medical & health journals.
  3. We include research-based videos to accompany our articles to make it easier for you to consume our content, put it into action, and see results.
  4. Inside our articles & videos, we do promote our free meal plans, workouts, and/or paid programs, because we know they have the potential to change your life.
  5. We openly take feedback here on our contact page. We welcome your content suggestions… and even feedback on grammar (we’d like to thing that we’re pretty OK at spelling and “stuff”).
  6. Above all, we are a community of likeminded men and women committed to living healthier. We do not advocate any health advice that we wouldn’t personally implement with our families. Because as far as we’re concerned, you’re our family too.

Thanks for checking out the blog. We can’t wait to support you toward greater health, energy, and vitality. – The Fit Father Project Team

 

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy