Just received a question about morning stiffness and the best way to eradicate it?
If you wake up in the morning and your joints feel stiff, tight and a bit achy – then heed my words. The fastest way to get into a groove and eliminate stiffness is NOT doing things fast, or even at a normal pace.
You want to slow things down. Way down.
You do NOT immediately jump into the calisthenics I teach in Combat Conditioning – unless, of course, you do them SLOWLY.
The easiest way to start is with the deep breathing exercises as taught in the Farmer Burns Course. Slowly inhale as you extend your arms and exhale just as slowly on the rebound. As your brain and nervous system get the signal to wake up, your body is soon to follow.
Even so, you still don’t want to rush it.
That’s why I advise the dynamic joint loosening exercises I teach in Combat Stretching. These not only help you wake up and overcome stiffness, they are also instrumental in helping you eliminate joint pain.
These exercises, in and of themselves, are a great way to start your day. You can stop after doing them and get on with your day. Or you can proceed to something much more involved. But heed my words, avoid going at it hard until you are loose.
If you get loose first, you greatly reduce the chance of injury. If you force yourself before your body says, “I’m ready,” you will pay for it.
Here endeth the lesson.
P.S. If you are a grappling and/or catch wrestling enthusiast, take a look at the 12-volume home study course I put together based upon Farmer Burns classic course. You’ll love it.