There are many times of the day that are good to do your daily stretching routines, but I think one of the best times is a few minutes after waking up and here why…
Upon waking you’re already in one of the best places to stretch – in bed. Think about it, when do people normally stretch – if at all? If you’re like most people, you wait until they go to the gym.
By that time you’re already tired, tense, and the perhaps the last thing your body really wants to do is try to stretch through that tension.
So how about trying this for a week and see the difference. Set your alarm a little bit earlier so you can have another 5-10 minutes to set your day right.
Instead of rolling right out of bed onto a hard floor, stay in bed and do some easy stretching. I actually like to start with some joint mobility exercises starting with rotating my ankles first in large to small circles. First clockwise and then counter-clockwise.
I do my wrist and finger mobility exercises that are detailed in my super hand conditioning course Finger Gymnastics. And, then, do some light stretching moving as gracefully from one position to the next without kicking your partner out of bed.
Doing your stretching first will actually set the tone of your day to a much better pitch. Think about it, before you’ve even gotten out of bed, you’ve already accomplished something pretty amazing for your body and given time to let your brain gain mental clarity without coffee.
Believe me, your body will thank you for it in many ways from better mobility to better mental focus, clarity, and physical strength. Instead of jolting out of bed already late to the sound of your alarm clock, how about just set it a few minutes earlier to set your day with power?
Try it and you might be surprised that you don’t need so much coffee when you actually take the time to open up your energy channels with early morning stretching and joint mobility exercises.
This is the reason why I like to stretch in the morning first. Then if you do any more later, then those are bonus points in your favor.
To Your Strength and Mastery,