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Morning Mobility Stretches

Sep 8, 2010

Flexibility and mobility in your joints is desirable for the long-term, so the best thing that you can do is make sure that you are beginning each day with a few gentle stretches. These stretches will help your body shift into wakefulness gently, and will allow your joints and muscles to warm up before you're up and about. Eliminate morning stiffness, get your blood moving, and wake up happy with this routine:

When you first wake up, lie on your back and stretch all four limbs out. Yawn if you can. Wiggle around a little and do whatever stretches feel natural to your body.

Roll onto your stomach and push back into child's pose with your arms extended in front of you. Take a few deep breaths here.

Push up onto all fours and stretch your back- yoga calls these cat-cow stretches. Inhale arching your back and exhale while rounding your back upwards.

Sit on the edge of your bed and roll your wrists and ankles five times in each direction.

Now you're ready to get up and faced the day!

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