"The groundwork of all happiness is health." - Leigh Hunt

Stiff and sore within the morning? How to repair it?

Some days I feel incredibly primitive. Not about age or modern music in my knowledge (although my millennial daughter might disagree), but about how my body feels. There are mornings when every part is rusted and cracked.

You know what I mean: the stiffness and dull ache (and accompanying grunting and groaning) after you get up. These feelings often go away inside five or 10 minutes. Some mornings are worse than others, and sometimes I get up stiff.

Why morning stiffness?

However, any prolonged period of sitting may also cause stiffness, resembling watching TV, working on a pc, or riding in a automotive.

Easy cure for stiffness

To break up long periods of sitting, set a timer in your phone or computer to remind you to maneuver around every 20 to half-hour. Take a walk around your home or neighborhood, do some chores, and even do a fast set of lunges or march in place for a minute.

Another option is the next ABC routine. Three movements deal with key tight areas: shoulders, back and legs. Do this within the morning to loosen up, during a break from sitting, or each time you're feeling slightly “old”.

A: Arm sweep

Stand straight along with your feet together. As you inhale, sweep your arms out to the perimeters and up toward the ceiling. As you exhale, sweep your arms back. Repeat five to 10 times.

B: Back bend

Stand straight along with your feet barely apart. Place your hands in your lower back along with your fingertips. As you inhale, roll your shoulders back and gently lift your chest toward the ceiling, arching your back to a resting position. You must be taking a look at the ceiling in front of you. (Be careful to not overextend your neck.) Hold for 3 to 5 breaths. Release on exhalation. Do three to 5 repetitions.

C: Chair pose

Stand along with your feet about shoulder-width apart and arms down at your sides. Raise your arms above your head. As you exhale, bend your hips and knees and lower yourself right into a squat position (as little as is comfortable) while keeping your back straight. Pause for a number of seconds, and arise while lowering your arms to finish one rep. Repeat this movement until you've gotten done five to 10 repetitions. You can raise your arms only to chest height, or place your hands in your thighs, so that you just focus only in your lower body.