4 Stretches to Boost Your Energy
It’s mid-day and you are sitting at work, feeling sluggish and wishing you could take a nap. You think about the employee coffee table and how you’ve already had two cups of coffee today. It makes your stomach churn a little bit. What else could possibly help you through this wave of fatigue?
Stretching is known to increase blood flow and circulation in your body. If you have been sitting for an extended period, the body and mind will feel stagnant from not moving. Try these stretches for more energy next time you need a little boost.
1. Side Stretch
Seated or standing, reach your right arm over your head toward the left side. Feel the lungs and the rib cage expanding in this stretch. If you have any tendency to slouch, this is a great stretch for opening the torso and the shoulders. Make sure you repeat to the other side.
2. Seated Forward Fold
Take a seat on the ground with your legs extended straight out in front of you. Reach your arms up to the sky and then fold forward by creasing at your hips. You can try to reach for your feet, but if your hands don’t make it, loop a strap or belt around your feet instead. This is a great stretch for the hamstrings and back, and also relaxes the mind.
3. Reverse Table
Reverse Table is an excellent activating stretch and is best performed after the seated forward fold. From a seated position on the ground, place your hands on the ground behind your hips and bend your legs with the feet on the floor. Lift your hips up to the sky and stretch the entire front surface of your body. This is excellent for your abdomen and hip flexors; very energising and invigorating!
4. Reclined Twist
Find a comfortable spot and lie on your back. Bend your knees into your chest. Let both legs fall over to your right side. Extend the arms out and look over your left shoulder. Hold for 30 seconds, and then change sides. This helps to stimulate the digestive organs and relax the back.