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How to Prevent Morning Aches and Pains

No matter how good you feel when you go to bed at night, you never know what the morning will bring. And for some people, escaping morning aches and pains seems impossible.

You may not be able to prevent every last ache and pain upon waking, but there are some steps you can take to enhance the way you feel during the early morning hours. Consider the following:

  • Get enough sleep: If you don’t get enough sleep — generally seven to eight hours as an adult — you’re putting your mind and body in a bad spot. This increases the risk of feeling poorly in the morning.

  • Stretch: Rather than wake up and stumble around to start your day, take five to ten minutes to stretch. Not only does this prepare you for the day ahead, but it also reduces aches and pains.

  • Take a hot shower: Immediately following your stretching routine, take a hot shower to loosen your muscles. It doesn’t have to be a long shower. Even if it’s only one to two minutes, it’s more than enough to wake you up and help you feel your best.

Rather than continue to live with morning aches and pains, experiment with one or more of the tips above. You may be surprised at how small changes to your routine improve your life.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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