With the recent snow falls and severe cold temperatures to hit the country, our joints tend to suffer more than usual!
We’ve put together 7 little tips on how you can ease joint pain in the cold weather.
1. Wear lots of layers
Layering up to keep the bodies heat in when the weather is cold is important, especially when temperatures shift dramatically throughout the day. Putting on extra pairs of gloves and peeling off one by one as needed will keep the hands warm and moving, also extra pairs of socks to keep the feet warm. If you suffer from aching knees or wrists, cut the end off an old pair of socks and place over the wrists or knees as a extra layer of warmth.
2. Get comfort from warm water
We all know that soaking in a nice bath helps ease the aches and pains in our bodies. The warming effect from the water allows muscles to move more freely and they are less likely to stiffen up. Swimming in a heated pool also has great benefits to soothing the muscle and joints, not only will the warm water help ease them its is also great exercise for keeping them moving.
3. Exercise Inside
A lot of people tend to associate exercise with being an outdoor activity, however this is not the case. There are many exercises we can do from the comfort of our own home and its doesn’t have to be timely or intense. Keeping our bodies moving during cold weather will not only keep us fit it will also help with blood circulation and keeping ourselves warm.
Plan your own indoor exercises routine and keep the body moving.
4. Keep Hydrated
When we think of cold weather and keeping ourselves warm with fluids we think of hot chocolate with all the trimmings and a glass or two of a warming tipple.
Make sure you keep your body hydrated during wintry weather, drink plenty of fluids. Whether it be water, herbal teas or juices.
5. Increase your Vitamin D
Low levels of Vitamin D in the body may play a role in how sensitive you are to muscle and joint pain. Being deficient in Vitamin D can start to entail problems within the body and raise the risk of conditions such as Osteoporosis. In winter months you are less likely to gain enough Vitamin D from natural sources such a sunlight. Vitamin D can therefore be sourced through foods such as Tuna, Mackerel, Salmon, cheese and egg yolks.
6. Take extra caution!
With the weather being cold and temperatures being below the normal average it results in a build up of ice on the roads and pavements. People suffering from muscle and joints pains should take extra precautions when out in these conditions. Choosing solid supportive shoes with a good tread will help to support and grip onto the pavements when walking.
Make sure you are walking on areas which look less icy and watch your step.
7. Take omega 3
Taking supplements or having food which are rich in Omega 3 is important for your body all year round, but there are several reasons that make the winter intake of these fatty acids particularly important. Cold weather can increase joint paint especially for those who suffer from inflammatory conditions such as Arthritis. Omega 3’s have anti-inflammatory properties and help to reduce painful inflammation within your joints and throughout your body. Not only will it help with your joints it also helps to soothe and soften skin which has been exposed to the winter elements.