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Morning Stretch

What is the first thing that your kids do after waking up?
 

Would you like them to get energized, ease tensions, and start day in a great mood?
 

An easy way to achieve this is through simple stretching. So get everybody dressed up and follow along these simple exercises.
 

We found this activity in the Simple Kids’ Stretching Exercise article in About.com By Catherine Holecko. We followed her instructions and the experience was a complete success so we wanted to share it with you. For more details and more exercises check out the original article using the link above.
 

1. Outstretched arms
Stand with the arms stretched out wide and thumbs pointing down. Gently push arms back as if squeezing a ball between the shoulder blades.
 
2. Shoulder stretch
Reach the right arm straight out. Bend the left arm and put the left wrist on the back of the right arm, just above the elbow. Use the left arm to gently press the right arm across the body. Hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Switch arms and repeat.
 
3. Overhead arm stretch
Stand up straight with feet together. With back straight, reach arms up and overhead.
 
4.Knee lunge
Kneel on a mat or soft surface. Keeping back straight, place left foot on ground and gently press forward until knee is bent at a 90-degree angle (the knee is directly over the ankle). Place hands or elbows on left knee to stabilize and hold for 10 to 30 seconds.
 
5. Quadriceps stretch
Stand facing the back of a chair. Using the left arm for balance, bend the right leg and grab it with the right hand. Gently press the foot toward the buttocks until you feel the stretch in the front of the thigh. Hold and then switch legs.
 
6. Butterfly stretch
Seat and place the soles of the feet together and hold them with the hands. Elbows can be between the legs or resting on the knees. Gently press the knees down to increase the stretch.
 
7. Straddle stretch
Sit on the ground or a mat with legs apart in a straddle position. Bend over right leg, then to the center, then to left leg. Hold each stretch for 10 to 30 seconds without bouncing.