Stretches are a vital start to your day. You need to take care of your hands as an artist; they are your tools, and broken tools don’t do their jobs.
There are million stretches on the internet, but I have found that too many stretches can put you behind and actually make you feel more stiff or sore, so hunting through cyberspace for for a collection of them can be more detrimental than good.
Instead, here are a few to start your day. Don’t overdo it, and take it slowly.
Take a few minutes when you sit down in the morning, say, when your coffee is cooling off, to do a few quick stretches of your wrists, arms, and neck.
Put your arms straight up in the air and close your fists. Then open and close them 20 times. This gets the blood flowing to your hands and helps prevent stiffness.
Stretch Each Finger
With your palm open, gently pull backward on each finger and hold for 10 seconds. Do this with your thumb as well.
Neck and Upper Back Stretch
Put your right arm behind your back, reach behind with your left and hold your wrist. Gently drop your left ear to your shoulder until you feel a stretch in your neck. Hold for 10 seconds. Tilt forward slightly until you feel the stretch in your upper back. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
Above your head, press your palms together like you are praying. Bring them down in front of your body and slowly bring them down to the level of your belly button until you feel the stretch in your wrists. Hold for 10 seconds.
These things may seem simple, but just these few are a great way to get started every morning.
So now that your coffee is cool, go get to work!
Kati is the designer behind Hooked by Kati. With thousands of patterns sold around the world, Kati prides herself in creating innovative, easy-to-follow amigurumi patterns. She has designed for several publications, including Crochet!, Crochet World, Simply Crochet, and I Like Crochet. Kati finds her inspiration in science fiction, video games, and numerous visits to the zoo — all passions she shares with her husband and two boys.