MORNING MOBILITY & BREATHING ROUTINE
As the days get longer and colder, it is more and more important to make sure we do our stretching and breathing. When performing a simple stretching routine in the morning lasting only 5 minutes, we ensure that our body is not only aligned correctly but is warmed up and ready to go. As well with proper breathing in place we get the best start to our day.
Although it should be noted that i am not a yogi or a stretching expert, here are a few essentials i like to do every morning:
1️⃣ The Lewitt Technique
•Place hands straight on both ends of your body, feel your shoulders stretch.
•As you bring one hand over your body, focus on breathing expanding the rib cage and maximizing your stretch. •Exhale and repeat on the other side.
2️⃣ Childs Pose
•Begin on your knees.
•On an exhalation, bow forward, draping your torso between your thighs.
•Keep your arms long and extended, palms facing down.
3️⃣ Cat & Dog Pose
•Begin on all fours, hands and knees properly aligned.
•Inhale as you drop your belly towards the mat. Lift your chin and chest, and gaze up toward the ceiling.
•As you exhale, draw your belly to your spine and round your back toward the ceiling.
4️⃣ Thoracic Rotations
•Begin on all fours.
•Place palm behind the head and drop elbow towards opposite hand.
•Exhale and lift elbow back up until torso is open and stretched.
5️⃣ Low Lunge
•Begin in lunge with on knee down.
•Push hips forward to stretch quads and hipflexors.
•If capable lift bottom knee to make stretch deeper.
6️⃣ Bridge (Psoas Stretch)
•Start on back with knees bent and hands to your side.
•Lift up glutes and feel stretch on your hamstring.
•Push hips forward to stretch the psoas muscle.
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