This will be short as I have to take off to go to a social media marketing meeting but I think I can write this whole article in the time I am suggesting you take to stretch every morning, 15 mins.
Whenever people talk about getting in shape, working out etc, it usually is linked to "Go to gym, go run, go do something" that requires a decent amount of time commitment, which is why a lot of times these goals go by the wayside. Life is overwhelming and trying to fit one more thing in can be too much of a burden. Here is where I can help you help yourself in the time it takes to prep breakfast and make your coffee, 15 mins. If you dedicate 15 mins every morning to do some simple, basic stretches you will gain flexibility along with alertness, your moods will probably be better and you will significantly lower the amount of back pain and headaches you will get. Why is that? Let me tell you.
When you sleep, (which hopefully you are doing more of after reading my post on it) your body is healing itself from the rigors of the day, resetting and trying to get ready for the next day. When you get up you have a chance to get the muscles to loosen up because they haven't quite locked back into the positions you keep them in all day and, hopefully, your mental stress levels aren't as high. By taking advantage of that "Before I am truly functioning" state you can work out kinks and stress points before they get really bad at the end of the day. You can also clear your mind of all the stress from the day before, even if it is only for a few minutes, which should help lower your emotional state enough to give you some breathing room.
So what stretches do you do? Nothing too complicated, unless you're already an advanced yoga practitioner. The goal is to wake up your muscles, do the full range of motion with them, take a moment to breathe, center and move. If you stay consistent with this practice you'll be amazed with how much it changes how you feel.
Nothing about the body is a permanent state, we are the ones who put limits on how good or bad we can feel. I have seen people who recover from serious injuries or illness to have a incredibly high quality of life again. The deciding factor in most of these stories was how the person chose to treat their body, your sore aching muscles are not your enemy. They are telling you that you have to treat the physical form you live in better. Most people see their body as just a thing that they move around, it is much, much more than that. It is your home for your entire life, it doesn't ask for money for rent to occupy it, all it asks for is for us to maintain it. When we don't, that's when it starts to fall apart. So do some stretches, look at it as cleaning up the place.
Here are some ideas on morning stretch routines.
Morning stretch video:
Full Body Stretch Ideas
If you want to see reasons to do morning workouts, read this article.
Keep it simple, make sure it is full body stretches and have some fun.
Kat is a LMT in AZ with close to a half decade of experience. She likes to talk to ppl about their health, make them feel better and get them to realize they have so much power to control their own health. Snarky yet informative, that's Kat in a nutshell. She's also available for personalized, targeted therapeutic massages, please see the scheduling page if you live in the Phoenix AZ area.