Much of the nation has been encased in a blast of arctic air causing freezing cold temperatures. Even sunny Florida is feeling the chill. As the temperature decreases, inflammation of your muscles and joints can increase causing pain and irritation. There are several things you can do to combat the consequences of cold weather.
Dress warmly. Whether you’re inside or out, keeping your body warm and your blood circulating is important. Sweaters and vests are great inside since they keep your core warm. When you go outside, be sure to wear a warm jacket, gloves and a hat. Avoid prolonged exposure in below freezing temperatures.
Exercise inside. A study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health that measured physical activity in 241 adults with arthritis living in Chicago (a city known for its bitterly cold winters) found that the amount of sedentary time increased by over three hours between November and June. While it’s understandable to want to avoid winter weather, those with joint pain should remain active — and the best way is with an indoor exercise plan.
Enjoy warm water. Swimming in a heated pool is both great exercise and soothing for joints. You can also get relief from warm baths. Just don’t go right out into the cold after your soak. Let your body temperature normalize a bit first.
Supplement vitamin D. Being deficient in vitamin D might make osteoarthritis worse. You are less likely to get enough vitamin D in the winter, so this is a good time to take a supplement or make sure your diet is vitamin D-rich. CalMax Plus from Dr. Newton’s Naturals offers all the joint benefits of calcium and magnesium with an added 2000 IU of vitamin D!
Stay safe. When the weather brings snow and ice, people with arthritis need to protect their joints from falls causing further damage. If you’re going outside, pick solid, supportive shoes or boots with good treads and watch your step, avoiding those areas that look dangerous.
Try a glucosamine-chondroitin supplement. Many people who suffer from muscle and joint pain have found relief using glucosamine. Glucosamine Cream from Dr. Newton’s Naturals is different because it’s transdermal. Just one pump of this fast-acting cream and you’ll feel the results in 15 minutes! You can apply the glucosamine cream exactly where it hurts. It’s targeted to reduce pain, help your body lower inflammation and rebuild your joints.
Add fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation, relieving osteoarthritis and joint pain. Krill oil is the most potent source of omega-3s. Omega Krill from Dr. Newton’s Naturals comes from the unpolluted waters of the Antarctic and is more readily absorbed by your body than fish oil.