6 Stretches Everyone Should Do Before Getting Out of Bed
Finally, a really good reason to stay in bed longer in the morning.
By Elizabeth Narins
There’s a legit reason to hit snooze and stay in bed a bit longer: Stretching there can make mornings less painful by gently waking up your muscles. Which is particularly delightful if you slept strangely or recently soldiered through a tough workout or woke up without a sexy masseur by your side.
1. Soft Side Stretch: Sit in the center of your bed with your legs crossed. Interlace your fingers with your palms facing out, and extend both arms straight above your head. Without lifting your butt off the bed, slowly bend from the waist to your left. Pause, then return to center. Repeat on the left side, then return to center to complete the stretch.
Where you’ll feel it: Your upper back, arms, and obliques.
2. Side Sweep: Sit in the center of your bed with your legs crossed. Keeping your butt on the bed, lean to your left from the waist and let your left forearm rest on the bed so it’s about parallel to your hips. Your palm should be facing down for support. Bring your right arm up and over your head, then bring your right hand toward the wall behind you as you open up your chest. Pause, then slowly bring your hand up toward the ceiling, then forward toward the bed as you fold forward from the waist and lower your head toward the bed. Slowly return to the starting position (sitting upright on the bed) and repeat on the other side, this time leaning toward the right and letting your right hand rest on the bed, reaching up and behind you with your left arm, and folding forward toward the right side. Return to starting position to complete the stretch.
Where you’ll feel it: Your chest, shoulders, obliques, and back.