(NC)—There’s good news and bad news for Canadians who suffer from arthritis pain in the winter.
Let’s start with the bad news: although it’s tempting to stay indoors and hibernate in front of the TV, inactivity during the winter months can actually cause the pain from arthritis to worsen.
The good news is you don’t have to go down a double black diamond ski slope to ward off your winter aches and pains. Maintain your health this winter without freezing your nose or wetting your toes by following some simple guidelines.
• Exercise – Explore new activities such as yoga, tai chi, or a brisk walk indoors at your local community centre or shopping mall. If you’re feeling more energetic, and don’t mind braving the cold, try low-impact activities like snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
• Preventive care – Arthritis pain can hit at any time. Be sure to follow your doctor’s orders and take your medication as prescribed. By taking your medication consistently, it can help to not only manage the pain, but also prevent it from getting worse. Over-the-counter pain relievers containing acetaminophen, such as Tylenol Arthritis Pain, are often recommended as the first line of defense against the pain of arthritis.
• Stay hydrated – More water on the ground shouldn’t mean less water in your glass. Continue to drink water throughout the day to keep your joints lubricated and allow for maximum movement and flexibility.