Believe it or not, rheumatoid pain, osteoarthritis pain, and knee pain can all increase in severity during the cold winter months. A drop in Barometric pressure and stiffness from the lack of movement can contribute to joint pain, along with stress and fatigue. In the winter, blood circulation is often limited due to lack of physical activity.
In order to prevent this pain, it’s important to keep a consistent exercise routine. Indoor swimming, yoga, walking on a treadmill, and aerobics classes are all great examples of workouts that can be done throughout the winter. If you’re planning to be outside for long periods of time, dress warmly and utilize heating pads to keep joints from stiffening up.
In addition to increasing blood circulation with exercise, eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon and nuts) can help to curb inflammation and ease joint pain. The antioxidants green tea, as well as leafy greens like spinach and kale, can also help to reduce inflammation. Foods packed with vitamin C (such as tomatoes, red peppers, and oranges) can help to stop cartilage loss, and the pain, that often comes with arthritis.
No matter what the weather may be outside, keeping your body healthy on the inside will result in stronger joints and less pain.
If you, a friend or family member is suffering from joint pain, call us today at 732-431-2155 to schedule a consultation with a member of the Advanced Wellness team.