06/06/2016 12:05 EDT | Updated 06/06/2016 12:59 EDT

5 Stretches To Kickstart Your Morning

Five stretches that kick-start your morning and get those muscles moving

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Anyone who has worked a desk job knows it’s easy to get stiff from sitting down for long periods of time. This is because our muscles and joints aren’t moving as often as they should be and if these muscles are not stretched, your range of motion can be limited.

But aches don’t have to impact your daily routine since simple stretches can help alleviate pain. In partnership with Motrimax™ 12-Hour Liquid Gels, we have rounded up five stretches that can help kick-start your morning and get those muscles moving.

  • Seated Glute Stretch
    Seated Glute Stretch
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    Sit on the ground while making sure your back is straight. Keep one leg extended while you cross the other over it. Pull that leg towards your chest. Hold this position firmly for one minute and repeat on the opposite side. Repeat this move twice.
  • Standing Iliotibial Band Stretch
    Standing Iliotibial Band Stretch
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    Standing tall, cross one leg in front of the other. Lean in the same direction of the crossed leg as far as you can. Repeat this move on both sides for one minute each. Do this stretch twice.
  • Hip Flexor Opener
    Hip Flexor Opener
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    Step forward into a lunge position. Once you are here, tilt your pelvis forward while keeping your back straight. This will open up your hips and give you a good stretch. Hold this stretch for 45 seconds to one minute. Repeat this move twice.
  • Seated Hamstring Stretch
    Seated Hamstring Stretch
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    Sitting on the floor extend one leg out while placing the other foot towards your inner thigh. Make sure to bend at the waist. This allows you to keep your back straight and reach forward as far as you comfortably can. You should feel a stretch not pain. Hold this position for 45 seconds to one minute. Repeat this move twice.
  • Prone Hip Opener
    Prone Hip Opener
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    While on your back, extend one leg out and keep it there as you pull the other leg towards your chest, firmly. Make sure to stay flat and keep your head on the ground to protect your back and spine. Hold this stretch for 45 seconds to one minute. Repeat this move twice.

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