It’s no surprise that the winter months and freezing temperatures tend to increase your joint pain. Winter weather and low barometric pressure can cause slow, achy joints, making it harder for people to stay active. For people with chronic joint pain, the winter months can bring even more discomfort than other times of the year. If you want to lessen joint pain this winter, here are some ways to prepare your body for colder temperatures.
MOVE YOUR BODY
It’s easy to stay cozy and less active in the winter months by staying indoors, but keeping those joints moving even when it’s cold out is essential. There are many options for indoor activities to participate in to keep your body moving. Activities like indoor swimming, yoga, and weight training are great ways to stay active. In addition, a low-impact, brisk walk outdoors will aid in keeping your joints healthy (making sure to be bundled up in layers, of course).
A healthy diet is essential year-round! A well rounded, nutritious diet keeps weight gain under control, boosts overall health, and positively affects joint health. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin K, and Vitamin C help reduce joints’ inflammation. Some studies suggest that refined grains can increase inflammation, so try swapping those refined grains for whole grains in your diet.
Exposure to frigid temperatures can shock the body, causing more pain to your joints. So whenever you’re outside, make sure to dress in layers. Also, consider keeping extra gloves in your bag, at work, or in the car. Wearing thermal underwear as a base layer helps keep your knee joints warm. Always wear warm socks and have an extra pair handy if you need to double up. Remember, it’s better to dress in layers that you can shed than to wear less and be cold.
If you are experiencing joint pain, it may be time to see a specialist. Schedule an appointment by calling 515.224.1414 or request an appointment here. We are here to help you get back to living!
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