5 Stretching Exercises to Boost Energy in the Morning

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Hala Fayyad


5 Stretching Exercises to Boost Energy in the Morning


If you suffer a lot before getting out of bed in the morning, you feel sleepy and unable to start a new day no matter what, you are not alone. Waking up early in the morning is a big challenge, especially if you don't get enough sleep during the night or if you have a heavy sleep.


You can use some ways to help you boost your energy in the morning, whether by drinking cold water, coffee or eating a balanced breakfast. However, you might be missing one thing which can provide you with energy as well: exercise.

We don’t mean doing cardio exercises in the morning, while your sleepy, but some stretching exercises such as yoga are easy in the morning; they stimulate blood circulation, move muscles and thus boost metabolism and energy.

These following stretching morning exercises will take about 5 minutes of your time only and you can do them in your pajamas.


1- Standing forward-fold

  • Stand and release your upper body forwards over your legs,
  • Let your hands float gently to the floor.
  • Keep a gentle bend in the knees to avoid over-stretching your hamstrings.
  • Nod and shake your head to release tension.


2- Seated forward fold

  • It is the same as above but in seating position.
  • Sit down on the floor with your legs out in front of you.
  •  Keep a relaxed bend in the knees and gently fold your upper body forwards over the top of the legs
  • Stretch forward as far as is comfortable.


3- Cobra

  • Lay on the floor on your belly.
  • Lift up your upper back into a gentle backbend.
  • You can use your forearms as support.
  • Keep your head and neck up with a gaze directly ahead of you.


4- Downward-facing dog

  • Take the dog position, on your hands and knees.
  • Push your knees away from the floor, as if you are standing up, with keeping the knees slightly bent and the back as straight as possible facing downwards.
  • Keep your head and neck relaxed and breathe deeply.


5- Seated twist

  • Sit on the floor with both legs in front of you.
  • Bend the left knee then slide the left foot underneath the right buttock.
  • Put the right foot over the top of the left leg, with the right knee pointing directly upwards.
  • Take the right arm behind you and look directly behind you.
  • Breathe deeply.