How to wake up in prime form…
Alarm goes off. You roll out of bed. You walk. You sit (looking at your computer or phone, or perhaps spending some good quality time on the toilet). You walk around the house. You drink coffee. You eat some form of breakfast.
Does this sound familiar?
EVEN if it’s in a different order, and EVEN if it includes some type of fitness (6am spin class?), and EVEN if it does not include the coffee (but it better include the breakfast), I’d like to suggest some new ways to start your morning.
What do you have to lose? One morning of oddness? Exactly. So here is what I suggest (I’ll explain why, after):
Alarm goes off.
Do not get out of bed.
Begin to move in all sorts of ways. And by all sorts of ways, I really mean “in any way your body can move”. Sure, it may look like you’re a wiggly worm, but that’s okay. If anyone is in bed with you, they might even join in (that’s not what I mean, you dirty bird).
Here are a few examples if you’re stuck on what I mean by moving in every which way possible: wiggle your toes and fingers, rotate your wrists and ankles, bend your knees in and then let the legs fall side to side (mindfully please, you just woke up). Eventually find your way into a child’s pose (on knees with hips shifted back to heels and arms stretched out in front). Feel free to tuck and untuck your toes, stretching the bottoms of the feet (very important!). Shift your hips side to side, etc. That’s a good place to start, right?
So I promised I would explain why you’re rolling around in bed at the butt crack of dawn like a spaz. Well here it is. Our body is full of connective tissue called fascia. By full, I mean it is the largest sensory organ in the body (which unfortunately has been scraped aside during cadaver research, hence why we may not have heard much of it yet…but you will!).
It’s important to keep this connective tissue as hydrated and supple as possible. When we lay still for a very long time (snore), all this hoopla inside of us can stiffen up, which we’ll notice especially when we’re in a compromising position (are you curled into a ball on your side? Hmm, isn’t that the way we sit and drive all day? Do you sleep on your belly with your head turned to a side? Can you imagine walking around all day with your head turned to one side? Ouch.)
So before you let gravity come into play, let your body get the juices flowing. From the toes to the crown of your head, move in ways you wouldn’t normally think to move. Yes, it might feel weird at first. But if it means that you feel better for it, than isn’t it worth it? Besides, it’s up to you decide what you consider “weird”.
(unknown fact: I used to wear a pin on my jean jacket in elementary school that said: “weird is my middle name”. I wore many other awesome pins, which I may eventually divulge…if you follow our Global Documentation)
Another thought to consider…what is the position that you put your body in for numerous hours at night? As briefly mentioned above, this can play a big roll in how you feel when you wake up, not to mention how it plays into your daily lifestyle. (e.g. you sleep on your side with the knees bent and slightly curled forward. And then you sit at a desk during the day. And then you drive. And then you sit on the couch. Hmm, are we sensing a theme here?)
In other words, let’s not let our body become stiff by using the same movement patterns every hour and day. Let’s move around to get things flowing again into areas that we may not even know are not flowing anymore (you’ll know eventually…but that’s for another Global Documentation).