These 3 Morning Stretches Help Your Sleepy Body Wake Up
Take it from someone who’s usually up before dawn most mornings, how you move your body after a night of sleep can set the tone for the rest of your day. New York boxing instructor Ash Wilking often teaches as early as 7 a.m., but you won’t catch her rushing out of bed and racing to the studio. One of her favorite mindful movement practices is an intentional full-body stretch that helps wake her body up before she asks it to start performing.
This sequence of three stretches can help calm the mind, warm up sleepy muscles, and open up your shoulders and hips—and you can easily do each stretch while you’re still in bed. Try it out for yourself!
Krista Soriano is the Senior Branded Content Editor at mindbodygreen. She holds a B.A. in journalism with a minor in communications from Messiah College, graduating summa cum laude. She has written and edited lifestyle content for over 15 magazines and websites, including ELLE, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, and DuJour. At mbg, Soriano helps our partners—which include non-profits and Fortune 500 companies—tell their stories, covering everything from the future of regenerative agriculture, ethical banking, and the endocannabinoid system. She lives in New York.