Have you heard "The Fuzz Speech"? I saw it about a year ago and it was one of those revelations that you just have to tell everyone about. You know how when you wake up and feel stiff? Then when you stretch out and move a little, you feel better? That's the fuzz. (or Fascia if you want to get all medical on me.)
Fuzz is little fibers that build up between your muscles as you sleep or when you don't use them. When you stretch you melt those fibers away making the muscles move easier and slide together like they are supposed to. If you are hurt or a stiff person in general the fuzz can build up to the point where they twist together and create muscle stiffness and maybe pain. If you let it go too long you may need a professional to help you start moving more again.
So the moral of this story is to get moving. Stretch, play, dance, whatever. Just move your body in dynamic ways. For the good of your muscles, break up that fuzz.
Here's the official Fuzz Speech. A couple things about this video though. First off, he uses a real cadaver to illustrate the fuzz and muscle movement, so if your squeamish don't watch it. Also, I was really surprised how much a human body looks like animal meat. If your on the fence about whether or not to become vegetarian, it might tip you over. I am not even close to being vegetarian but it does make me a little sick to the stomach to be honest. But the video is really worth watching. I promise.
What do you think? Did it make you want to stretch?