Take 10 minutes to do these stretches for morning stiffness. Making this a habit will change your life.
STANDING HIP SHIFT
Stand and raise your right foot to around mid-calf height. Drop your left hip. Contract and flex the unsupported hip for 10 seconds. Return your foot to the floor and repeat with the left foot raised and right hip dropped. If you are too stiff to do this exercise standing, shift your hips in bed. Over time, you will find your body becomes loose and flexible enough to graduate to a standing position.
Stand tall and hold your arms straight out to the sides at shoulder level. Twist your upper body from side to side, keeping your hips in place. This will work your abdominals while loosening the lower back, chest and shoulders.
To do this stretch, stand 2 feet away from a corner or open doorway. Bend your elbows and place your hands against both walls. Gently lean into the open space to feel the stretch across the front of the shoulders and chest. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds. Slowly release and repeat two or three more times.
This stretch for the shoulders, neck and entire upper body can be done standing, seated on the floor or in bed. Bring the left arm across the body and extend the right arm under the left. “Hook” the left arm into the right elbow by bending the right arm. Gently pull the left arm into your chest until you feel the stretch. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, and then repeat with the opposite arm.