Mornings. Some of us love them, others of us… not so much. Some people can’t wait to spring out of bed. And some of us…well we feel like a cursed mummy being awoken from a foggy 10,000-year slumber.
Whether you are a morning person or not, how you start your day is critical to setting the momentum and accomplishing your goals. According to some entrepreneur ‘experts,’ the morning is the most important part of the day.
Those same experts didn’t mention anything about wake and bake sessions, so we will fill in the rest here. Many people like to start their mornings with the time-old tradition of sparking up some sweet skunk.
However, one of the problems with smoking marijuana when we first wake up is that it puts us at risk of falling back asleep. Not like that’s necessarily a bad thing — at least not on a Saturday or Sunday.
But when you have things to do and want to set a momentum that will have you crushing your to-do list, you need to be up and at em’.
The good news is that your wake and bake doesn’t need to restrict you to your bed. If you are committed to having a productive day after your morning bake sesh, you should consider adding some energizing body movements to your routine, like stretching.
Each of these stretches is designed for minimal effort (you can do them in your bed, lazybuns) and will give you the best results. These stretches are proven to:
- Increase blood flow, waking you and your body up
- Increase motor function and alertness
- Are healthy for joints and muscles
- Easy to do
Without further ado, here are five stretches for boosting your morning wake n’ bake. You can do each of these from the comfort of your own bed.
1. The knee-to-chest
This one’s easy. You can do this one knee at a time, or with both knees. This stretch is great for your back and hip muscles.
- Lie down on your back.
- Slowly bring your knees toward your chest. Think of it as hugging yourself.
- Hold your knee in position for 20 seconds. You should feel a nice tightness in your hips.
- Slowly release your leg back to the lay-down position.
Now do this for each leg (or both at the same time), up to 5 sets each.
2. Spinal twist
This one may sound a little more extreme, but don’t worry. You aren’t going to break anything. You can even do this in bed, right after your knee-to-chest stretch. Spinal twists are great for your lower back and spine.
- Lie on your back.
- Bend both knees to your chest and then cross over to the left or right side.
- Stretch your arms into a “T” position.
- Look toward the opposite direction that your knees are facing.
- Hold this position for up to 30 seconds. You should feel a good stretch in your spine and lower back.
- Release your knees back to the lay-down position.
3. The Reclining Hamstring
We’ve warmed up and stretched our hips, back, and spine. Now it’s time to stretch the hammies. This stretch is another one you can do by simply laying down on your back.
- Lay down flat on your back.
- Raise your right leg as high as possible. Go slowly — this ain’t no race. If you can make a full 90 degree angle, great! If not, just go as far as it’s comfortable for you.
- Hold your leg in the stretched position for up to 30 seconds.
- You should feel a good stretch in your hamstring.
- Switch sides.
These three stretches are easy, take only seconds to perform, and will have you feeling great after a morning burn. Stay tuned for our next post, where we will introduce three more body movements to energize your morning wake n’ bakes!
What about you? Do you have a go-to stretch or activity to boost your morning sessions? Let us know in the comments!