When you’re lying in bed at night and sleeping, you don’t use your muscles the same way you do during the day. Because of that, your muscles often stay contracted and might become stiff. Additionally, the blood flow to your muscles changes while they stay so relaxed and still.
Upon waking up in the morning, stretching can help wake your sleepy muscles back up! It gives your muscles a chance to get going before you hop out of bed, bringing back the blood flow they’ll need and signaling to your brain that you’re going to go back to using your muscles in the daytime way.
So the next time your body prompts you to stretch, stretch away and help yourself get moving!
ExplorationStretching it out!
What kinds of stretches have you learned to do? Stretching can be very healthy! There are lots of easy stretches you can learn that are good for different times of the day, like when you wake up in the morning, before you go to bed at night, or before or after you play sports. Have a grown-up help you learn a few new, fun stretches today!
Sources & links
“Stretching in the morning.” Workout Plan ”“ Workout at Home. Fitness Tips for Life. 07 Dec. 2010 “Pandiculate for Health!” 2009. Day Somatics. 07 Dec. 2010 “Stretches.” Activities. Sprout. 07 Dec. 2010