#5MinuteHack: Morning Stretches To Boost Your Energy

Recharge in an instant

Heart Opener
21 Jun 2016

Heart Opener

Great for deskbound workers, this stretch helps to counteract your concave chest from hunching over at your computer.

Stand with feet hip-distance apart. Move your arms behind you and clasp both hands into a fist. Look straight ahead and lift your arms as high as you can, pulling the shoulder blades together. Hold for five full breaths.


Forward Bend
21 Jun 2016

Forward Bend

This stretch is perfect for those who use their phones A LOT (you know who you are), as it releases tension in the back and neck.

Keep your feet hip-distance apart and bend over. You can also grab opposite elbows and hang your head down for better balance. Relax and take five full breaths.

Shoulder Stretch
21 Jun 2016

Shoulder Stretch

This movement will ease your neck and shoulder tension.

Interlock your fingers and raise your arms above your head, with the palms facing upwards. Keep the arms in line with your ears, look straight ahead and relax your shoulder blades down your back. Hold for five full breaths.

Eagle Arms
21 Jun 2016

Eagle Arms

Got knots in your shoulders? Skip the massage and try this instead. 

Hold your arms straight out from your sides and keep them parallel to the floor. Swing them towards each other and bring your left elbow over the right. Bend your elbows so that the backs of your hands touch. Now, hook one hand over the other so the palms are touching. Keep your elbows lifted and look straight ahead. Press your palms together while trying to pull the elbows apart - you should feel a stretch in your neck and shoulder blades. Hold for five full breaths and repeat in opposite directions.

IT Band Stretch
21 Jun 2016

IT Band Stretch

The IT band, or iliotibial band, is the ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin. Though runners are more prone to injuring this, non-runners could use with a good stretch of the IT band as well to release any hip tension that you might not be aware of.

Lie on your back, and bend your left leg while keeping the left foot flat on the ground. Place your right ankle on top of your left knee. Reach down and hold your left thigh with both hands, and pull it towards you until your lower left leg is parallel to the ground. Make sure both feet are flexed, and you feel a stretch in your right hip. After holding for five full breaths, switch sides. 

Hitting the gym can be a real stretch when you’re caught up with work and other commitments. Thankfully, there are some anytime-anywhere exercises that you can do to recharge. You’ll be surprised at how refreshing a quick stretch can be – and how instantly it can boost your mood!

Click through above for some simple stretches that you can try out, no special clothing or equipment required. Remember to keep your breathing slow and deep for best results.

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