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A morning exercise routine can vary depending on the time that a person has to exercise in the morning. Find out how to stretch muscles and improve range of motion for the work day with help from a strength and conditioning specialist in this free video on exercise and fitness tips.

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Hi, I'm Ashleigh Gass, strength and conditioning specialist with brilliantathlete.com. A morning exercise routine is an exercise routine that you would do in the morning. Now, this is a bit different for everybody. Sometimes people that work full-time have got to do their strength training in the morning before they go to work. So that would be their morning exercise routine. Others get up and like to go for, say, a half an hour walk. That could be a morning exercise routine. If, on the other hand, you find that when you get up in the morning, you're feeling a little bit stiff, there are some exercises and stretches you can do to really limber up for the day, and I'll show you a few of those. Let's say that you feel a little bit stiff in your legs and in your lower back. There's a couple of stretches that can really help you out. Now, I've got a special stretching strap here, but you can also use a towel. And this can be a nice stretch for your hamstrings, which are these muscles in the back of your leg. So you would take your towel or your stretching strap, and very gently go into a stretch like this. My range of motion might be more than yours, so make sure that you start gently, especially in the morning. So once I feel like I've gotten a little bit looser through this muscle, I can just change legs and I can go straight to the other side and, again, just hold that stretch until my legs start to feel a little bit looser. Another stretch that you can do if you're a little stiff in the morning is a butt stretch. Take one leg, cross it in front of the other leg, and just gently push your knee right out to the side. And you should feel that stretch through your bum. Again, the hamstring stretch and this bum stretch will really help if you feel kind of stiff in the morning. So if you're someone that works full-time and you don't have any opportunity after work to go and work out, make sure you do your strength training in the morning. That would be your morning exercise routine. If you like to do more aerobic work, go for a walk. If, on the other hand, you wake up feeling stiff, get some stretches in and that will do it for your morning exercise routine. Thanks, I'm Ashleigh Gass with brilliantathlete.com.

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