The heat index is rising and summer is here! To partake in all of the fun the warm weather brings, stretching each morning can get your body ready for the day! Stretching is a great way to relax and lengthen your muscles to improve your joints’ range of motion. A good morning stretch session can also help decrease the risk of injury and prevent evening aches and pains.
Ready to keep up with the kids or grandkids but need some stretch-spiration? Check out these stretches to give your body the boost it needs to help you stay energized and fully enjoy all of your summer activities.
Stretches to get your body ready for summer activities:
Start by laying with your back on the floor. Your knees should be bent and your feet flat on the surface below you. Make sure your shoulders and upper body stay firmly against this surface. Turn your hips side to side through the available range. For a greater stretch, reach your arm out and look in the opposite direction of your rotation.
Seated on the edge of a chair, extend one leg while keeping your back straight, slowly bending at the hips until you feel a stretch behind your leg.
Squeeze your shoulder blades together with your arms open wide. Bring your arms back together, giving yourself a hug.
These are just a few suggested stretches to jumpstart your day and keep you injury-free this summer. We encourage you to explore and experiment with other stretches! Anything that helps your body wake up and feel good throughout the day is a great addition to your morning routine. Remember to go at your own pace and prioritize your overall well-being to make the most out of your stretching.