It's difficult to recommend specific exercises without knowing your exact problems, but something that seems to work for most people in terms of reducing overall stiffness is self-myofascial release (soft-tissue work).
You can do this with a foam roller (should be able to find one for around $10-$15 at any sporting goods store). I still consider this one of the best investments I've ever made. There are plenty of videos on Youtube on how to foam roll specific body parts that you may want to focus on.
Overall, foam rolling has made me feel 100% better throughout the day and for my workouts.
Hope this helps a bit!
In convict conditioning book2 there are 3 stretching exercises I like to do. Takes only 4 x 20 seconds, it is called the trifecta and supposed to help with injuries as well
Thank you so much, everyone! I truly appreciate your responses.
I did a few simple stretches last night before bed and was horrified by how stiff I really am now. I had a bout of frozen shoulder (both shoulders) two years ago and am still gimped up from that. I'm sure it was a precursor to whatever I've got going now.
Onwards I guess...it'd be helpful if we had a rewind button and got some "re-dos" but as we don't...just get started TODAY right?
I have had non-specifc joint pain and muscle pain with a great deal of stiffness and inflammation, I was always trying to stretch because of the tightness. After a transition to Primal (gradually, before even knowing about it), I only stretch lightly because it feels so unnecessary. Abstaining from gluten, nightshades, and corn took all the inflammation out of my joints and muscles. I'm nearly 50 and feel better than I have in 19 years.
Last edited by Colloid; 03-06-2013 at 03:30 PM.