Arthritis and Joint Pain Relief Tips for Winter Weather
Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D., an orthopedist based in Long Island, has some tips for you to minimize those winter aches and pains. The doctor’s easy advice? Keep it warm and keep it moving! Here’s how:
- Bundle up-It may seem obvious that you need to bundle up during the winter, but stiff joints make you more susceptible to injury. Make sure to bundle up for cold weather by wearing the appropriate winter gear.
- Exercise-Many people gain weight and become stiff during the winter months due to lack of exercise. Regular exercise, especially indoor aerobics exercise like biking or cardio, can help alleviate the aches and pains in your joints. This will also help avoid weight gain, which increases the pressure on your joints and may add to your pain.
- Stretch- Before you venture out into the cold or hit the gym, be sure to minimize stiffness and improve flexibility by stretching and warming up your muscles first.
- Maintain a healthy diet- As previously mentioned, weight gain can exacerbate arthritis pain- be sure to monitor your calorie intake during the winter season.