Stretching before getting out of bed

When I was a kid, an iconic on-the-horizon goal for the then supposed good life was breakfast in bed. The dream was a very leisurely start for the day, one with as little activity as possible.

A lazy child and a relatively inactive teen, I reflected my environment. As the years went by, action filled that vacuum. Now, I do my first set of exercises before I get out of bed. I circle my feet first in one direction and then the other, this way warming up the ankles. I point my toes forward and then pull them as close to my shins as possible, stretching the calves and the connective tissue in the foot. (When I was bothered by plantar fasciitis, this calf-foot stretch made putting weight on the foot a whole lot less painful.) Finally, I stretch the legs by bringing each knee to my chest and then the same with each ankle.

By beginning the day with this stretching routine, I find that I’m not so stiff when I get out of bed. Also, when I do the more challenging stretches and vigorous exercises an hour or so later, these are easier to go through.

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Anthony Olszewski

********** E-mail This Page | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | Resume as a Word Document ********** A vegan in his mid-50s, Anthony Olszewski believes that inertia, not time, is the enemy. His 20 mile plus bicycle commutes over the GWB to NYC prove that. Anthony Olszewski was born in Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in 1956. During his college years, Mr. Olszewski worked as a bartender in a tavern owned by his family, the Tunnel Bar. He also operated an exterminating business and raised canaries and parakeets for sale. Mr. Olszewski was the Web Site Editor for Bret Schundler's 1997 campaign for Mayor of Jersey City and the 2001 Gubernatorial campaigns (primary and general elections) against James E. McGreevey. Mr. Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics, including Jersey City short stories, tropical fish, running with your dog, the genetics of cage birds, the poetry of Amiri Baraka, the portrayal of African-Americans in popular culture, Jersey City politics, and Hudson County history. He currently provides Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing through a number Web Sites and is a member of Mensa. Anthony Olszewski is best reached by e-mail at -- voice mail is available at 201-984-1956.