Tips for joint aches during winter

It can once in a while feel like there's a lot to be sad about when winter arrives. Cool climate, shorter, darker days, and a round of sicknesses spreading through the workplace. Also, it regularly feels just as painful things - like hitting your elbow or stubbing your toe hurts more when it's cold outside. During winters the body has a tendency to flow less blood to the peripheral areas as a way of conserving warm blood around the heart. As a result, the joints become inflexible, which leads to joint pain. A few studies have found a solid relationship between winter and pain

Not only does the colder air cause symptoms or flare-ups of many conditions, but changes in barometric pressure or humidity can also make ailments worse.

So, these are following tips for maintaining healthy joints while you enjoy outdoor winter activities:

  • Proper motion: Motion helps reduce the risk for osteoarthritis. It both lubricates and nourishes your knees.
  • Drink a lot of water: Drink plenty of water. Drying out reduces flexibility and increases wear and tear. On an average, you need to drink eight glasses of water each day. When you exercise, you need substantially more water to balance fluid loss.
  • Good pain: A little discomfort may occur and will lessen after regular exercise. Stop if you have more severe, sharp pain, especially if you are limping.
  • Get strong: Do leg lifts that strengthen your quadriceps (front thigh) muscle, which is the main protector of your knee.
  • Warm up, then stretch: Stretching helps to maintain mobility and reduce joint stiffness.
  • Stay warm: Knees are like barometers and cold, damp weather can make them more symptomatic. Try keeping your knees warm with a neoprene sleeve or knee wrap.
  • Chill out: Ice your knees for 15 minutes after activity or exercise if you tend to develop soreness.
  • Eat for healthy joints: Lose extra pounds to take away the stress from your knees. Avoid sugarily processed food, as well as foods high in saturated fat in order to minimise inflammation.

Being fit and active is essential to maintain healthy joints. During winters it's better you keep bundled up so that your muscles and nerves stay warm. This can help the muscles not contract as much around your nerve endings, thus minimising the pain you feel. Have warm baths, they will be beneficial in keeping your joints warm and help relieve the stiffness and pain of arthritis and other conditions. Keep your joints warm this winter.