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Jan 17

Early Morning Stretches

Hey you guys, welcome back to my sports and fitness blog SportFit. I hope you are all doing well, and keeping with your New Year’s traditions and staying fit. I am trying to, with a new yoga mat and some comfortable workout pants from www.easyprices.com, my favourite website for bargain online shopping deals. But with my new workout schedule I was starting to wake up achy and tight every morning, and more than usual. I have since started experimenting with different stretched that I can perform when I wake up, and if you are feeling sluggish or tight in the morning then try some of these yourself!

early morning stretches

Calf Stretch

The calf is your lower leg muscles and is vital in any walking/running regime. A well stretched calf can allow you to run faster and further, where as a tight calf will seize up during prolonged running. To do a basic calf stretch, start by standing shoulder length apart with your hands on a wall or chair in front of you. While keeping your heels on the ground and your knees straight, lean into the wall. Hold this position for 30 seconds and complete the stretch 3-5 times depending on comfort. This will help relieves pain in your foot, hip, knees or shins and to strengthen the muscles surrounding your Achilles Tendon. A great stretch to do after having your workout drink.

 

Quadriceps Stretch

The quadriceps is a fancy name for the four muscles making up your upper leg muscles. They are all very important for running walking, jumping or squatting; things that any good workout plan will include. This stretch starts by standing with your feet together, hips straight. Bend one knee back, and grab that foot with your opposite arm. Bend your knee back and towards your buttocks while continuing to keep your body straight. You should begin to feel a burn in the top of your quads. Hold this for 30 seconds and like the previous stretch perform it 3 to 5 times depending on comfort.

 

Quadriceps muscles

Shoulder Stretch

Some people (like me) put quite a lot of stress on their shoulders during sleep. This can be amplified if you are dealing with an injury or have been working out your shoulder joints and muscles. Stand shoulder length apart again, and raise one arm to shoulder length, and then move that arm across your chest. Using your other hand, grab your extended arm around the the elbow and hold it as close as you can towards your chest and hold it there. Hold for 30 seconds, and repeat with the other arm. Again, 3-5 sets depending on your comfort however more reps/exercises are advised if you are planning on some more hardcore workouts. Check out some examples at http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/likness22.html.

shoulder stretch

Recap

Those are some of the most important stretches I have found to perform in the morning. These stretches help me feel less tight, more refreshed and ready for the world. I would recommend adding these to your daily routine, or finding other stretches that work better for you. If this is your first time on my sports and fitness blog, then check out my previous post about horse racing at http://jandresults.co.uk/horse-racing-betting-beginners/. Hope you had a good read, see you soon everyone!