A lot of people experience joint pain in winter and it gets worse when the cold is really harsh. And if joint pain is a pre-existing problem for you, it gets worse during winter. But why does joint pain get worse in this season? During the cold months of winter, the muscles get more tensed up and less flexible, which accordingly leads to less mobility in the joints. Other research has concluded that factors such as changes in barometric pressure – the amount of pressure in the air – dry air, and humid weather are all associated with increased joint pain. Here are some tips that will help relieve your pain during this harsh weather.
1. Exercise regularly. Keeping your body active and moving will maintain the flexibility of your muscles and joints. But make sure you warm up before the workout to avoid any injury and if you have a certain medical condition, you can work out under the supervision of a professional trainer.
2. Keep yourself warm. Layering your clothes is the go-to to keep the cold weather at bay. When you get dressed in layers of warm clothes you create an isolating barrier from weather conditions that worsen joint pain.
3. Stay hydrated and keep warm with hot drinks. We tend to drink less water in winter, but in fact, hydration is essential all year round. Additionally, dehydration can cause muscle and joint pain. Also, drink plenty of herbal teas especially turmeric which is known for reducing inflammation and pain.
4. Increase your vitamin D intake. Vitamin D deficiency is one of the main causes of bone pain and problems. In case you don’t get enough sun outdoors, increase your vitamin D intake with foods such as fatty fish, mushrooms, eggs, and milk.
5. Relax in warm baths. Nothing is as calming and soothing as a warm bath in winter. Warm baths help relax the muscles and ease arthritis pains. After a long day or a cold winter night, warm up with a nice warm bath to reduce joint pain and also enjoy a calming effect.