Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Day 3136 - Wellness Wednesday Quick Tip #15

The Benefits of Stretching in the Morning

There are certain innate behaviours that animals and humans share that are hard-wired into our nervous system rather than learned from observation.  Stretching is a great example of an innate behaviour.

Stretching activates our muscles and increases our blood pressure which in turn increases the amount of blood flowing to our muscles and brain. You'll notice that animals always stretch upon waking.  This is an essential part of their well-being because during sleep muscles lose tone and fluid can pool along the back. Stretching helps to send that fluid back to its normal position.

If we humans allowed ourselves to wake naturally and take time before jumping out of bed we would innately feel the need to stretch. The problem is that so many of us have "places to go and people to see" so we often by-pass this natural activity as we dive out of bed to turn off the alarm and race to the shower.

Taking the time to stretch could well make for a better day. According to Good Relaxation, stretching in the morning not only creates good blood flow for better muscle and brain function, but can also reduce and prevent back pain, increase flexibility, create better posture, and improve circulation and energy levels.

So to set yourself up for a great day, ensure you embrace your inner cat and take a few moments to stretch the way nature intended.


  1. Such good advice. So often I leap (well stagger) out of bed in a hurry and feel every joint ache and Dave will say, "Why are you bending over like an old lady?" and he'll remind me that I should just get out of bed, stretch and get all my bones and muscles nicely back into place before I make any drastic movements! As you age I think stretching is so important and I always feel better after a stretch 'n groan session at the gym too.

  2. I might have to try it. I am like a robot in the morning. Thanks for the advice. #MLSTL

  3. Hmmm, maybe this should be my first step instead of trying to plunge right back into yoga. Thanks!
    #MLSTL visitor

  4. I love stretching but recently haven't been doing as much of it as I used to do. These days it's a quick stretch at the end of a workout. Thanks for the reminder and bringing back memories for me of the days when I used to spend at least half an hour everyday on stretching. You've inspired me to add a long stretch into my weekly workout

    1. Oops I did mean to say that I was visiting from #MLSTL Shared on SM

  5. And just how good does a stretch feel?

  6. I love a good stretch Jo and have been doing much more lately due to a lower back problem. I also would love to be able to stretch like the cat in your photo or my daughter's little dog. You just feel so good afterwards don't you? Thank you for linking up with us at Midlife Share the Love Party, you are always most welcome. #MLSTL

  7. Now I feel a lot less guilty on those mornings when I sleep in and then have a few quiet moments lying there thinking about the day ahead and stretching out (no husband in the bed by then). It's nice to think I'm doing my body good with those stretches.

    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I've shared this on my SM xx
    Leanne |

  8. Hi Leanne,
    When I go out for a run in the morning; I do some stretching exercises in the sun.
    At other times too, whenever possible, I stretch myself.
    You are right. It relaxes the muscles, and pumps energy into our system for the tasks ahead.
    Nice post.
    - Pradeep |

  9. Ah, that’s why yoga feels so good! I used to hate downward dog, but now the stretch that it gives my back feels fantastic

    Mid life link up 😎

  10. I must admit my self-care for the past several years (decades) has been nearly non-existent - something I hope to remedy in this new phase of life. Because of this, however, I am fairly ignorant with regards to what is actually good for the body. I always reasoned that stretching feels good (as opposed to "feel the burn") so therefore it must not be useful. I'm glad you set this faulty thinking straight :) ... and I now look forward to incorporating long stretches to the start of my day.

  11. I will be adding stretching to my mornings before my feet hit the floor. I had no idea and good for a body stretching is.

  12. I love a good stretch in the morning, and evening too :)

  13. A perfect post to share on Facebook. It's a dreary rainy Memorial Day. The perfect day for a few good stretches. Visiting from #MLSTL


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