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January 16 2018

Brad’s Morning Routine Video: Light Movement for More Energy and Better Flexibility

By Mark Sisson
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Brad_InlineWith two weeks of healthy eating and Primal adaptation under our belts in this post-New Year month, it’s a good week to talk fitness.

(By the way, if you need a good primer covering the basics of Primal Blueprint fitness, this is a good place to begin. The New Primal Blueprint book offers an in-depth treatment, and you can learn more as well by browsing our hundreds of free fitness articles on MDA.)

Today, my long-time friend, fellow competitor, and writing partner, Brad Kearns, is showing you his morning movement routine. And it’s different than what you’d expect, I’d venture.

This is no sweaty hour in the gym. Much of it, a series of dynamic stretches, you can do before you even get out of bed. Who’s willing to rethink their morning now?

No, this won’t count as an intense workout, but it’s part of the low-level daily movement I suggest we should all be getting more of—the fundamental base of true Primal fitness.

If you’re looking to operate from a higher baseline for a regular morning workout, or you’re looking to enhance your mobility and flexibility with a low threshold routine, I think you’ll like what Brad has to share. Enjoy!

Does this shake up your morning plan? What are you taking away from these ideas? Share your questions and thoughts, and thanks for stopping by, everybody.

Check back tomorrow for more fitness discussion—and my biggest giveaway yet this month!

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  1. Love the idea of simple things you can do every day to improve your fitness. I keep a bosu ball and some light weights in my bedroom so there’s no excuse in the am. I always squeeze something in before I jump in the shower.

  2. Thank you Mark and Brad for these great morning routine ideas. Mornings are easier to navigate through with a plan and and a good start.

  3. Unrelated: Surprised to learn of your move to Miami from Malibu. Would love to learn of your thought process regarding this decision if you care to share it.

  4. Very good, I am adding parts of this to my morning routine, which is more relaxed and includes much more foam rolling

  5. Morning routine? It’s a work out…nice to have the time (-: 1st thing I do when I wake up, is bring one leg over to the other side while laying on my back. I then stretch like a cat and finish by turning on my stomach and garbing one ankle at a time until I hear a small pop. Can’t send a demo as I sleep naked…

  6. Really enjoyed this. My morning routine currently involves drinking coffee in my bathrobe, so it could use some adjustment : )

    I did notice that while Brad says he “points” his toes, he is actually flexing them. I don’t know if you’d want the written reminder instructions to reflect his words or his actions.

  7. Brad, this is a good idea. And no takes longer than my first cup of coffee. However, I do suspect that my sleeping wife will object to the bed routine in a very florid manner. The living room carpet may be a more prudent choice!

  8. I, too, do a morning routine before I get out of bed, but it is much less active! I do some shoulder work, hand and forearm stretches and exercises, then leg, foot, and back stretches. It helps to loosen me up, and wake me up.But I save the more active stuff until a bit later, when I am fully awake.

  9. My morning first moves are slower and less fixed – I check out how my body feels and stretch a couple of the usual suspects. I can’t say enough great things about Katy Bowman’s calf stretch! Give it a try, Brad – she gave me new access to the power of my hamstrings and my feet.

    Nice to hear your voice – enjoyed learning so much from you in the Primal Health Coach program. And thanks for sharing the morning. I’m going to add some more dynamic moves before my coffee and math puzzles.