Every morning when I get up, one of the first things I do is stretch.
I put on my coffee, and then I go through a simple routine while it brews.
The routine changes and evolves as time goes on, and my needs change…
…the one I am actually personally doing right now is from the 30-day Flexiblity Challenge linked below:
I won’t go into super detail in this article – you can get that in the full program – but what I end up doing looks something like:
- General joint mobility exercises – hands, elbows, shoulders, neck, hips, knees, ankles
- 3-5 static / dynamic / “tense-relax” stretches for specific parts of the body that I am working on, or that need specific attention for my goals
This ends up taking around 8 minutes, give or take.
I’ve said this many times before, but this simple morning stretch routine has made a TREMENDOUS difference.
Just that few minutes helps me:
- Recover faster
- Get out the “creaks and cracks”
- Feel more energetic so that I want to move more during the day
The thing is, if you want to continue to train hard and perform as you get into your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond, you ABSOLUTELY CAN do it… BUT, you have to take care of your body.
Mobility and flexibility as part of your overall plan, is one of those ways you need to be taking care of yourself.
If you are ready to start incorporating this kind of thing into your life, the 30-day Flexiblity Challenge linked below is a great way to do it:
And here’s to faster recovery, less pain, and more energy!
PS – I started doing this morning home stretching routine seven or eight years ago, in my mid-30s.
Up until that point in life, warming up and stretching was kind of an afterthought.
But when I hit that 35-ish mark, I started getting a little more sore from hard workouts. My recovery started taking a little longer.
And I realized that I COULD still train hard for a long time to come… BUT, I also realized that I was going to have to take a slightly different approach… one of the big things being a need to focus more on flexibility and mobility.
If you know you need to do the same, I recommend the 30-day flexibilty challenge, on sale this week at the link below: