7 Stretches to Start Your Day

For New Yorkers on the run…Stretching each morning can provide health benefits throughout the day. It helps your mind and body in several ways. Overall, it is an easy way to increase flexibility, improve circulation, and reduce stress. Let’s look at some examples of stretch and yoga poses.

  1. Downward Dog (Figure 1)
  • Lengthens and reduces pressure on the spine
  • Stretches the hamstring
  • Stretches the arms
  • Allows for fresh oxygen to run through the brain and helps you to stay calm
  1. Pigeon Pose (Figure 2)
  • Takes tension off of tight hips
  • Stretch deep glutes
  • Helps with urinary disorders
  • Relieves pressure on the lower back
  1. Single-Leg Stretch (Figure 3)
  • Allows for flexibility in hamstrings
  • Works the core
  • Reduces the risk of leg injury
  • Improves stamina
  1. Seated Spinal Twist (Figure 4)
  • Improves spinal flexibility
  • Aids digestion
  • Improves blood flow to vital organs
  • Helps toxins move their way out of the body
  1. Butterfly (Figures 5 and 6)
  • Loosens the hamstrings to enable you to exercise to your best ability
  • Improves flexibility in the hip and groin area
  • Helps in intestinal and bowel movement
  • This posture can stimulate the reproductive organs
  1. Fold-Over Stretch (Figures 7 and 8)
  • Stretches the hips, hamstrings, and calves
  • Strengthens the thighs and knees
  • Activates the abdominal muscles
  • Improves digestion
  1. Standing Quadriceps Stretch (Figure 9)
  • Stretches quadriceps
  • Increases flexibility
  • Increases energy level
  • Improves blood circulation

Check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

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