Everything needs a break once in a while, including your muscles. For days when the gym isn’t on your to-do list, you might want a quick morning routine to get your blood pumping and muscles motivated before a day of sitting in class.

On days when I’m sore or need extra help waking up, I do a few stretches and exercises to prepare my body for a happy, successful day. Here’s how it goes:

  1. Stretch for three minutes

Stretching can be more complicated than it sounds. Before a workout, you want to do dynamic stretches, which are done while moving, such as swinging your legs or doing lunges. What you don’t want to do is static stretches, such as holding a pose (example: quad stretch) and not moving. You can turn static stretches into dynamic stretches by moving your arms and legs while you stretch them, and by alternating between bending your knees and straightening them.

I trust you can figure out some stretches that feel good for you, so I won’t go into too much detail on that.

  1. Knee-ups

Make ya knee touch ya elbow… And march in place, bringing your knees high as you get your blood flowing.

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Jodi, with her own stretching routine.
  1. Punches

There’s nothing more satisfying than throwing a punch. You can imagine someone you hate standing in front of you (for me, Donald Trump or Kanye West), or use your pillow as a punching bag.Twist your torso as you punch and remember to tighten your stomach muscles, as if someone was going to punch you. This punching stretches muscles in your arms and back, and it also gets out any tension you may have developed while sleeping.

  1. Squats

Booty, booty, booty, right? Squats are known for building the muscles in your gluteus maximus, but they are also great for your hamstrings and core. Plus, they’re just challenging enough to get your blood flowing, without making you sweat too much.

Thirty squats should do the trick of warming up your muscles.

  1. As Woody from Toy Story says, “Reach for the skyyyyy.”

This stretches muscles you don’t normally use for everyday activities such as walking around campus or doing homework, so a nice stretch to the ceiling can really hit the spot.

Add some happy music to your wake-up routine (The Beatles, anyone?) and you’ll be ready to tackle the challenges of college life.

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