What is your first-morning thought? To drink a cup of coffee? To be on time for favorite work? To catch the last bus? No rush! Just wait a minute, breathe and ask your…cat. The animal knows better that the first thing in the morning you must stretch your body. This is the healthiest start of an active and productive day. Besides, it looks super cute!
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When we are asleep, the whole body is turned to a sleeping mode, preserving our energy and using little of oxygen. While waking up, the body suddenly becomes in need for more air to start functioning in full scale. This is why we yawn, to pull the bigger amount of oxygen into our lungs and to help our body to gain new energy.
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But let’s not forget about stretching because when we stretch, the oxygen gets in our blood and travel all along our body much faster. Same rules apply for humans and for animals.
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While modern manners do not allow people to yawn and stretch whenever they need it, animals do not care about etiquette. They do the most natural and healthy thing – fill their bodies with energy taken directly from the air!
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When you see a stretching cat, you can be sure that your pet is happy and relaxed. Watching animal behavior, people invented many stretching-like-animals exercises. They say it promotes joint health, muscle strength, flexibility and a joyful mood. Looking at this tiger, it’s easy to believe!
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The latest research states that yawning not only supplies our brain with oxygen but also protects it from overheating. This is why both humans and animals tend to yawn more in winter when the temperature outside if colder than our body temperature, simply in order to “cool down”. Well, this is what it means to think with a cold head!
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This gorgeous elephant does not know any science theory nor spends long hours in the laboratory. He is just happy to stretch every muscle of his body and enjoy the perfect morning yawning in nature.
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Have you ever seen a stretching panda? This is not just cute, it’s inspiriting. Only one look at this picture and you want to go and stretch yourself. Time to work out!
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A little arching of the neck, flexion at the throat, straitening of the back… And the tail, don’t forget about the full extension of the tail! Although, if you are a bird, pay close attention to the stretching of your wings!
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Do you think it was easy to write this article? I yawned seven times and tried to stretch myself with every new photo! Some sporty people state that stretching might harm your muscles. But if animals do it instinctively, listening to the calls of their bodies, can it really be wrong?
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