How to Fight Stubborn Body Stiffness
By Genevieve Cunningham
You wake up first thing in the morning and as you stretch, you notice that your body is stiff and inflexible. Have you ever felt this way? It’s fairly safe to say that everyone has experienced that frustrating body stiffness that seems to creep into our lives with age. As the years go by, our hair goes gray, our skin loses its freshness, and our bodies become tight and stiff. It’s definitely not a fun part of the aging process. Fortunately, body stiffness is something you can fight! Take a look at these tips for saving your range of motion and protecting your flexibility as you age.
Get a Stretching Routine
It’s crucial to stretch every single day. And no, the first thing in the morning stretch doesn’t count! You need a stretching routine that takes 10-15 minutes. One that stretches every part of the body from head to toe. Check out a quick routine on the internet, or ask a fitness professional for a little help. Then stick to your routine after you wake up (and get out of bed!) or right before you go to bed, or perhaps even both. This helps to enhance your natural flexibility and save you from losing even more range of motion as you get older.
Use Heat Regularly
Heat allows the body’s muscles to relax, which then allows them to stretch and loosen up. You can apply heat in multiple ways, all of which may be effective. Start and end the day with a steamy shower. If you have midday pain, pop a heating pad on the sore spot to loosen it up. If you have a local gym and sauna, take advantage of the service after your workout. All of these can keep your body loose and flexible without putting too much thought and effort into the cause.
Improve Your Diet
There are a few things that you can add to your diet to help with overall body stiffness. For starters, it’s crucial that you drink more water. If you’re a soda or tea drinker, kick the habit and replace it with a tall glass of water as often as you can. It may also be beneficial to take a fish oil supplement in the morning. Fish oil is good for both the joints and the brain, as the oils in this supplement cushion places that need natural lubricant, like the synapses in the brain and the joints.
Beating stiffness in the body is possible if you’re proactive about your health. Use these tips to loosen the joints and work out stiff spots. The better you protect your body, the better health you’ll find yourself in overall, and the more comfortable your body will be over time.