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Why should I stretch in the morning?

Stretching has been shown to improve range of motion, flexibility and strength and even decrease chances of injury. Stretching in the morning can be a good routine for these reasons.
After lying in bed all night often times certain muscles will become tightened and shortened due to not being moved for several hours. By stretching first thing in the morning you can loosen up tightened muscles and get them back to their normal functioning length, this will eliminate stiffness, and will improve mobility as you go about your day. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds to maximize flexibility in that muscle. 
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Here is my Deadly Habit number 1:

Not Stretching in the Morning

Moving your body and releasing stress first thing is critical to preparing for a day where you are in control of your body.

Replacement: The 7-Minute Stretch

It will center you for the day ahead and help you focus on taking good care of yourself.


This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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