Though there is no proof, many theories exist that the weather effects our joints. Whether there is truth to it or not, aches and pains only make the cold weather less tolerable. So what can you do to reduce joint pain?
- Try a longer warm up before you workout. Here are some to try.
- Ease off the intensity. If you are in a lot of pain, rather than refraining from exercise simply cut back on the intensity. Since exercise has been recommended to help ease arthritis, it is important to continue to exercise but also just as important to work with reasonable effort. Either lighten the weights or slow your pace.
- Fat-soluble vitamins like A,D,E,K may be helpful but seek the guidance of an MD or ND. Try eating healthy fats like avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, fish and nuts with your meals.
- Listen to your Gut. There are many studies out there linking impaired digestion with joint pain. Foods that do not agree with your system can cause inflammation throughout your body, causing arthritic flair ups. Pay attention to what you eat (try writing it down for a while) and how you feel afterwards.
- Sugar tends to be a big culprit.
- You may be sensitive to dairy, gluten, nightshades, etc.
- You need to pay attention and try eliminating possible triggers.
Whether or not the weather truly does effect your joints, the tips I’ve suggested will hopefully help you suffer less and improve your quality of life.