Instead of hitting the snooze button in the morning, take the extra 10 minutes to stretch. This is a great way to energise the morning and ease away any stress or tension from the previous day. To start waking up with energy and safeguarding your body from injury, run through these four quick and easy stretches.
Neck and shoulder stretch
To stretch the muscles on the right side of your neck, turn your left ear over to your left shoulder and hold for 20 seconds. Repeat on the other side to stretch out your left side. Relax for a moment then roll your shoulders to the back, and then to the front. Then lift them up to your ears, and allow them to drop completely. Repeat 3 times.
Next, move back into downwards dog and extend and raise one leg behind you. Once you have reached your high point, bend your raised leg and draw your heel towards your behind. Try to keep your shoulders square with the front of your mat. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other leg. This opens the hips and stretches the back, shoulders, arms and legs.
Simply stretch out your legs straight in a V shape in front of you and flex and point your feet a few times. From this position, you can extend your hands out in front of you and breathe in and out deeply, for a stronger stretch.
From the lunge position, place your back leg on the mat, bend and draw your heel towards the bottom. Reach for your foot with the hand opposite to the leg behind you. From here, either stay in this starting position or slowly heel closer to your bottom with your hand.