Keeping Comfortable With Arthritis Throughout The Year

couple walking the dog

As the temperature drops outside, so does the comfort level for those who suffer from joint pain. Arthritis is sensitive to changes in temperature, which means that chilly weather can make it harder to live a full life if your joint health isn’t what it should be. Cold weather can cause joints to ache, and excess humidity can be just as painful. Thankfully, despite these challenges there is much you can do to keep your joints healthy throughout the year. Below are some top tips for making the most of living with arthritis, no matter what the weather outside is.

Eat a balanced diet: When it comes to maintaining the health of your joints, a well-balanced diet is essential. It’s best to eat foods filled with vitamin D, C and K, so make sure to take in plenty of fruits and vegetables in the winter months.

Stay hydrated: It’s easy to forget to drink enough water when the weather is cold, but proper hydration is essential for maintaining the cartilage between joints. Get your eight glasses in, and your knees will feel the difference.

Warming exercises: Many people forgot their workouts in cold weather, but a lack of movement will only make you stiff. Instead, it’s better to do Pilates, yoga, indoor swimming and other kinds of exercises that will keep your joints warmed and pain free.

Wrap up in wool: Most arthritis sufferers have the worst pain when the weather is cold, so keep your joints as warm as possible by wearing wool, one of the best insulating fabrics in the market today.  Best of all, wool tends to stay dry in humid conditions, meaning that it helps reduce stiffness from weather changes before you feel uncomfortable.

Get a massage: It can be difficult to naturally warm your muscles in cold weather, but a regular massage has been found to be an effective way to reduce joint pain for lots of people.

Spend time in warm water: Heated pools do more than feel amazing, they also help heal your joints from the inside out. Warm baths can also help.

Man swimming to help with joint pain

Cold and humid weather might not do your arthritis any favours, but there’s a lot you can do to prevent the weather from increasing your chronic joint pain. With the right treatment options, even those with knee and elbow pain can find ways to get outside and enjoy the season, so long as they take certain precautions for the health of their joints.