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  • What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

  • Alright, well, maybe the second thing you do, after you say some nasty stuff to your alarm clock.

  • Have a cup of coffee?

  • Watch the news?

  • Read Twitter in your bed?

  • Ordo you, ah yeah, give it a good stretch?

  • That feels good.

  • You are not the only one.

  • Along with humans, some animals, like your pet cat or dog, also instinctively stretch after they wake up from a long sleep.

  • Except what those animals are doing isn't called stretching.

  • It's called pandiculating.

  • Pandiculation is the act of stretching while yawning.

  • It's from the Latin word 'pandere,' meaning "to stretch."

  • You've likely seen plenty of cats and dogs pandiculate before.

  • You've seen this move.

  • They arch their back and drop their belly, and lengthen their legs in a sort of full-body yawn.

  • Humans pandiculate, too, often first thing in the morning.

  • This instinctive movement is the one where you extend your legs, raise your arms, and tilt your head up, and yawn.

  • So why do we pandiculate in the morning, and why do we stretch in general?

  • Well, think of it like this: Your alarm clock wakes you up, but stretching wakes up your sleepy muscles.

  • Plus, it makes you feel good.

  • Stretching is good for your body in all kinds of ways.

  • Your muscles typically feel stiff and tight in the morning from lack of movement.

  • That's because many people lie in the same position for much of the night.

  • Stretching loosens and realigns your muscles, letting your brain know:

  • Hey! It's time to wake up! Time to get things moving again!”

  • Stretching also gets your blood pumping.

  • While you sleep, your muscles relax and your blood flow decreases, slowing your heart rate way down.

  • In fact, your heart rate is usually at its lowest just before you wake up.

  • A big stretch increases blood flow to your extremities, improving your circulation.

  • This combination of loose muscles and increased circulation also helps with flexibility, making the morning a good time for you to get your yoga on.

  • The reason you instinctively pandiculate in the morning is basically to reboot your body.

  • It realigns your muscles.

  • It improves your circulation, and it makes you more flexible.

  • Stretching has also been shown to relieve stress and tension, and so has yawning, meaning pandiculation might pack a double whammy.

  • So, what are you waiting for?

  • Make like a cat and pandiculate.

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What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

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Why Do We Stretch in the Morning?

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    羅紹桀 posted on 2020/09/04
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