Exercise at a time of day that is convenient. If you are typically stiff in the morning, that may be the time to start loosening up, but you can only get your best stretches after the stiffness has lessened. Midday or evening may be the only times you are comfortable exercising. If necessary, split up your exercises during the day. For example, do exercises lying down first, then later in the day work on your neck stretches or deep breathing for chest expansion while at work. Do your exercises daily and begin with “warmup/ loosen-up” exercises. Above all, learn to “listen” to your body. Learn to emphasize the areas that need the most exercise, whether it be stretching or strengthening.
Exercise in a comfortable area on a carpeted floor or mat. A mat provides comfort and protection by cushioning your spine and can be purchased at a sporting goods store. Beds usually have too much “give,” but a firm bed may be used if you cannot get onto or off of the floor easily. Music to fit your mood can help you relax while exercising.
It is normal to feel some discomfort or tolerable pain when beginning an exercise program. Even so, many people tend to overdo at first. Don’t assume that more is better. Approach any new routine cautiously, beginning with low repetitions regardless of your ability to do more. If pain after exercising is severe, you probably have gone past your limit and should reduce the intensity and number of repetitions next time. Reread instructions to make sure you are following all of the steps correctly.