February is usually one of the coldest months of the year, so it is important that individuals with arthritis know the best ways to stay warm and comfortable, which can help minimize joint pain during these cold days.i
A great way to stay warm is to incorporate layers into your clothing like thin, breathable, non-absorbent layers. Insulators like silk, down, wool and fleece are great options. Try the Janska EasyWear Jacket and Pocket Cape
, which are made with Polartec Fleece and are lightweight, easy to care for and warm. In addition, it is important to always protect your hands and feet with gloves or mittens, and waterproof boots.
Staying active and exercising is often more difficult during the winter due to the harsh conditions, but there are a variety of ways individuals with arthritis can continue to exercise without facing the cold. Exercise classes of various levels are always an option, and public places such as malls and museums provide great options for walking.
If shopping for a new snow shovel, be sure to look for models with bent handles that require minimal bending like the Suncast Double Grip Ergonomic Snow Shovel/Pusher Combo
. This will help lessen strain on your back and decrease the potential for pain afterwards. If shoveling is required, work in stages to reduce stress, and seek the help of friends and family.
Tips for the Winter
- Find a local mall or enclosed public space to walk around when itâ€™s too cold to exercise outside
- Consider wearing several layers when dressing to go outdoors
- Stretching while watching TV or dancing to music in your home is a great way to stay loose and active
- To avoid exhaustion and extended pain, shovel snow in sections. In addition, donâ€™t be afraid to ask for help from family or friends
Arthritis Today. (2012, January 1). Dressing warm for winter
. Retrieved from http://www.arthritistoday.org/daily-living/do-it-easier/seasonal-guide/dressing-warm-for-winter.php
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