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3 Tips to Manage Your Arthritis This Winter

CareNow® - December 11, 2014
by CareNow

We hope that our readers have been able to stay warm this winter. Unfortunately, the cold weather is only getting started. Are you experiencing worsening symptoms of arthritis this winter? Luckily, it hasn’t been as cold as last year. We hope that after reading today’s topic you’ll be able to manage your arthritis during these cold winter months.

The common forms of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the more common form. It’s mostly associated with wear and tear of the cartilage in your joints and aging. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis that involves attacking of your own joints. Neither case is fun to have.

We’ll assume that you already know what type of arthritis you have. Today we will discuss three tips to manage winter arthritis.

Exercise Regularly

We say it all the time. Get out there and move! Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to lessen the pain of arthritis. Check out our “Let’s Move” blog series to learn some fun ways to become more active.

Warm Up

Although arthritis has not been scientifically proven to become more intense during the colder months, many patients report that their symptoms flare up in the winter. Keeping your body warm throughout the year should lessen your pain. Some ways you can warm up fast are:

  • Taking a warm bath or dip in the hot tub
  • Wearing loose and layered attire during colder months
  • Limiting your time outdoors

*It’s important to consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.*

Vitamin D Pays

Are you getting enough vitamin D? Chances are during the winter you’re not! You see, your skin uses sunlight to form vitamin D. Due to daylight savings, daylight hours are shorter this time of year. This can make sun exposure more difficult. With less sunlight available to you, your body may not be getting enough vitamin D. Thankfully, alternative sources of vitamin D can be found in several types of food and supplements including:

  • Fish
  • Fish oil
  • Egg yolks

Do your joints a favor this holiday by implementing these tips into your daily routine! If your arthritis or seasonal sickness has you feeling gloomy, check in to your local CareNow online. We’ll have you on your way to feeling better!