Another to add to our list of ‘how to become a morning person’ tips – try this routine featuring a little stretching and easy exercises to wake your body up and get your blood pumping first thing. A little morning workout can do wonders for your mood by releasing endorphins – start your day with a dose of happy hormones, not to mention a kick start for your metabolism too!
Stretch it out
Full body – start by stretching yourself out from the tips of your fingers to your toes, reaching out as far as you can with your hands over your head and then relax. Repeat 3 times, taking 3-4 breaths each time you hold the stretch.
Knee to chest – next bring one of your knees to your chest, grasp just below your knee with both hands and squeeze knee lightly into your chest, hold for 3-4 relaxing breaths and release, repeat on the next leg.
Hamstring – bring a leg towards you again and then straighten as much as possible, holding the back of your leg for support, hold for 3-4 breaths then lower slowly. Repeat on your other leg.
Knee roll – bring both knees to your chest this time, then slowly lower them both to one side, keeping them together as you drop them. Take 3-4 breaths, you should feel this stretch in your lower back. Slowly roll your knees over to the other side and repeat.
Hold your body in a full body stretch again, hands over your head, then slowly, keeping your chin tucked in roll off the bed, roll your body up till you reach full sitting position, bringing arms in front of your chest. Inhaling as you roll up, exhaling when you reach the top.
Roll back down as slowly as possible, lowering yourself vertebrae by vertebrae, arms in front of you till your head hits the pillow and you extend them back over your head.
Repeat the roll up – as you get stronger you can repeat the roll down and up several times.
Sit on edge of bed, feet flat on the floor, clasp your hands in front of your chest and twist them to the side, hold for 3-4 breaths then repeat on the other side.
Ready to get up?
Good, let’s get your blood really pumping with a quick minute of cardio. Give us 30 seconds of star jumps followed by 30 seconds of running on the spot (get those knees up high!)
We hope this quick routine has you wide awake and ready to rock your day. Why not follow it with one of these awesome CWP friendly breakfasts?
Let us know if this routine helps you get out of bed in the morning…