Benefits of Stretching in the Morning

Are you in the habit of stretching first thing in the morning? Are you the type of person who jumps out of bed and starts their day the second their alarm goes off?

If you’ve never experienced the benefits of stretching in the morning, now’s the time to give it a try. Here are just a few of the many ways it can improve your overall level of health:

•    Lower back relief: Do you suffer from lower back discomfort? Is this a result of strained muscles, such as from your day to day activities? Simple lower back stretches in the morning can relieve some or all of your discomfort. It’s a great way to get your back ready for the day.
•    Stress relief: It’s natural to think about the day ahead upon waking up. And with that, it’s also natural to have concerns about what you’ll face. Stress causes tension to build in your muscles, but stretching can help bring you relief.
•    Increased mobility: The older you get, the stiffer you’ll feel in the morning hours. This is a result of you remaining in the same position — for the most part, at least — throughout the night. Stretching helps to keep your muscles flexible.

Remember, it doesn’t take hours on end to stretch in the morning hours. A few minutes is all you need to take advantage of the benefits above.

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.