Feeling Achy and Stiff? What is your body telling you!
Do you ever wake up feeling stiff and sore? All you want to do is roll over, and cover your head, because your body does not want to move? It hurts to move, so why bother? You are not alone.
One of our clients recently asked, "Do you have any advice for that morning stiffness and suffering that makes it hard to move through the day?"
When people experience limited movement and stiffness, the natural inclination is to stop moving, rest until the stiffness goes away.
That is exactly the WRONG thing to do! It is important to keep moving through the stiffness. Some exercises are better to reduce stiffness than others are.
- Swimming is fantastic to keep the joints moving safely. Swimming helps reduce the pain of arthritis too. Even Shallow Water Fitness and walking in the water are good to reduce stiffness. The thing is that the water supports the muscles and joints and makes getting moving easier.
- Stretching can really help! When you stretch, your muscles get more oxygen and you are able to move more easily. If you can, stretch 7-10 minutes in the morning and repeat the stretches again, in the evening before bed.
- Add some walking to your daily routine. You don't need vigorous walking to reap the health benefits. Even 20 minutes every day provides the gentle exercise, your body needs.
- There are sneaky ways of adding walking into your life.
- When you are in a telephone conversation, use the cordless phone to get up and walk around.
- If you regularly have a long conversation with a friend or family member, grab your cell and go outside for a walk. My sister always takes her dog for a walk, and chats on the phone when she checks in with my mother.
- If you are watching TV, get up and move around through the commercials. It all helps!
Really try to avoid sitting for a long period of time. If you must sit down though, then stretch full out on the couch. It's much better for you than sitting on a chair for a long time.
If you find yourself sitting for long periods, make the effort to get up and stretch. Our bodies were not designed to sit. We must keep moving to stay limber and healthy.
It's very easy to accept that everyday stiffness is something that just happens and nothing can be done about.
Try to think of it this way: the everyday stiffness that gives you neck, shoulder and back pain, is your wake-up call to get moving. The day you accept your stiffness and don't attempt to change it, the worse it will get.
If you continue to experience stiffness and loss of mobility, it may be time to seek professional help. A physiotherapist is specially trained to help get you moving and help you stay that way. Call the clinic if you think we can help.