Are you experiencing fatigue throughout the day? Has your working lifestyle recently had an impact on your body in the form of back aches, shoulder pains, or problems with your posture? Many adults experience this problem and are quick to dismiss it as just “growing old,” but there are some movements you can add to your morning routine that will help. The truth is, years of stress on your body without proper conditioning may have taken its toll. The cure to this really is simple. You have to get your body warmed up and loose every morning. Perform the morning routine below every day and you can expect to see an improvement in your physical health! Foam Rolling Start your morning routine with foam rolling and a lacrosse ball. Self-myofascial release is a technique used by many athletes in order to aid in the recovery of muscles and to help them return to their normal elasticity and health. When we walk around and perform our daily activities, some parts of our muscles will become tight and knots will develop. By foam rolling the different major muscle groups in your body, you’ll be able to release muscle tightness and trigger points, which prevents injuries from occurring. Mobility Exercises (Stretches) After foam rolling, it’s time to perform mobility exercises that can increase your range of motion. Mobility exercises are stretches that you can perform and include static stretches as well as dynamic stretches. Static stretches involve holding the stretched position stationary while dynamic stretches utilize momentum to propel the muscle into an extended range of motion. Generally speaking, dynamic stretching is preferred for a warm up as compared to static stretches, but either one would suffice for your morning routine. Perform a full body stretch of your choice starting from your legs up before moving on to the next step. General Blood Flow (Warming Up) Warming up allows an increase in blood flow to your body by getting your heart to pump faster. When your blood flow is increased, your daily performance can improve too. You can expect to see increased mental focus, reduced fatigue, and greater mobility in your body. Try an exercise such as jogging on the spot for 3 sets of 30 seconds! In need of Physical Pain Rehabilitation? Schedule an Appointment Today! If you have any questions, or want a consultation with a professional, feel free to call, or schedule an appointment online at any of our Bergen County or Passaic County offices in New Jersey. Choose from Glen Rock, Franklin Lakes, Fair Lawn, Ridgewood/Ho-Ho-Kus, Paramus, Englewood and/or Clifton – we make it possible for you to visit any of our offices at your convenience.