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    Morning Stiffness (No, this is serious) apologies to Ron.

    How would you like to wake up next to a stiff? My dog does every morning. I'm 59 and for the last year or so I find myself waking up regularly with body stiffness and/or soreness here and there. A hot shower, some stomach crunches and moving around seem to work it out. Hard riding doesn't seem to cause it...simply a good night's sleep seems to bring it on. Am I alone? Is that aging....just getting stiffer and stiffer until-- you're a stiff?

    This is not a whine, Ron; more an observation of a natural occurence.
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    Arthritis. It happens.
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    Do you take vitamin suppliments? I had the same problem in my early 50's and started taking vitamins and the stiff and sore muscles stopped being a problem.

    NOTE: The vitamins worked so well I started taking all sorts of suppliments and then I began having some pretty nasty side effects such as short blackouts etc. so just stick with a good multivitamin suppliment.

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    If you're cycling a lot and not doing much else, you can develop muscle imbalances. I know I need to do stretching and cross training periodically because cycling uses predominately quads and hip flexors. When I neglect this rountine of doing other actitives including stretching, I find myself getting out of bed and moving towards the morning shower slow and with stiffness.

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    I have Reiter's Syndrome and waking up stiff as board and cracking the ankles, is very normal! I do some light streching, lay flat on the hard floor and bring up my knees together, then seperate, and minor streches for the upper body and that usually get's me to where I can waddle to the bathroom! I'm usually more stiff and sore when I wake up than when I go to bed, yep, getting older isn't for sissies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannyGear
    How would you like to wake up next to a stiff? My dog does every morning. I'm 59 and for the last year or so I find myself waking up regularly with body stiffness and/or soreness here and there.
    Poor quality sleep can sometimes occur due to prescription drugs (even sleeping pills), drinking alcohol close to bedtime, snoring, or other "medical" causes.

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    Adding to what was posted above a good stretching program can do wonders for both stiffness and recovery after hard workouts.

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    Two words: Yo Ga

    It works. Find a cheap, local high school or library program. Try it, you'll like it.

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    Granny Gear,
    I've had minor stiffness in the morning for a few years now. I saw my doctor and he was not concerned about the stiffness. But IMHO, the soreness you mentioned should not be ignored. It could be anything from an inadequatly sprung bed to minor arthritis or closure of your disc space. (yeah that happened to me) Why not go to an Orthopedist and have it checked out?
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    We just need to warm up a bit before getting going, as we get older.
    Has anyone noticed that the 50+ forum has more threads with titles that really stimulate a person with a "dirty mind"???????
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    Everyone, thanks for all the suggestions and heads-up alerts. From yoga to vitamins, medical exams to a new mattress. Strange, one thing nobody has suggested is stiffness brought on by the increasing vigor and dynamic of the aging process. For sure, I seldom feel as youthful as when coming in from a ride-- or as healthy!

    Dchief, you devil....nobody else connected "that association" with my complaint of stiffness...in which, case...I wouldn't be complaining. LOL. Thanks all.
    Last edited by GrannyGear; 11-28-05 at 10:23 PM.
    ..... "I renewed my youth, to outward appearance, by mounting a bicycle for the first time." Mark Twain, Speeches
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    Welcome to being over 50. Nothing but pains and aches from here on out. But, life is good. Just do what you need to do to overcome the pain. I'm a regular user of aspirin,acetametaphine, iburprofen and red wine. They all work well.
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    Oh yes, we did connect it just let it pass.

    Or are you taking too much viagra?

    I understand if you mix rogane with viagra you hair stand up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannyGear
    How would you like to wake up next to a stiff? My dog does every morning. I'm 59 and for the last year or so I find myself waking up regularly with body stiffness and/or soreness here and there. A hot shower, some stomach crunches and moving around seem to work it out. Hard riding doesn't seem to cause it...simply a good night's sleep seems to bring it on. Am I alone? Is that aging....just getting stiffer and stiffer until-- you're a stiff?

    This is not a whine, Ron; more an observation of a natural occurence.

    Ditto re hot shower and here a link to are some dynamic mobility exercises that I happened across, Exerercise #1 and #2 (or substitute a spin on a trainer for #2):

    http://www.herts-squash.org.uk/how_t...g_problems.htm


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    Not to sound like a late night infomercial but have you thought about your bed? Maybe the matress/box springs are shot...........

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