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Here’s Why You Should Stretch in the Morning

It’s a common misconception that stretching has to be done before and/or after a workout to maximize the benefits. While it’s good to stretch on both sides of your workout, don’t stop there.

You should also get into the habit of stretching first thing in the morning (and before you retire in the evening).

The primary benefit of this is the opportunity to relieve any pain, discomfort, or tension that resulted from your sleep. For example, if you “slept wrong” on your neck, stretching can help reduce the likelihood of all-day discomfort.

Other benefits of stretching in the morning include:

• It’s the perfect way to wake up your mind and body

• It increases your blood flow

• It relaxes your muscles

• It improves your flexibility

It may sound like an unnecessary step during an already busy morning routine, but find time to stretch. Not only will it improve your physical health, but it’ll do the same for your emotional state.

Remember, it only takes five to ten good minutes of stretching to reap all the benefits above, plus many more!

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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