Picnics are a fun way to get fresh air, enjoy the scenery, eat delicious food, and spend quality time with loved ones. But for those living with arthritis, picnics can also be a challenge. Instead of sacrificing precious memories with family and friends, learn some simple tips to help alleviate the burden and make this summer one to remember.
If you have arthritis, here are just a few ways to help make your next picnic more enjoyable:
- Ask someone else to carry the picnic basket. But if you have to do it yourself, pack lightweight foods or use a rolling piece of luggage instead.
- Drive to your picnic spot. While a hike or bike ride may provide a more ideal picnic destination, sometimes driving is more logical, especially when bringing a cooler or chairs.
- Bring a folding chair. It may be easier to sit inâ€”and easier to get up fromâ€”than a blanket on the ground. (But do bring a blanket for any kids who come along. They usually love this part of a picnic!)
- If bringing a cooler, use one with wheels. If you canâ€™t pull or carry it, ask someone for help. And pack it with lots of waterâ€”hydration is very important for overall health.
- Wear sunscreen. In addition to the health risks associated with the sun's ultraviolet rays, you don't want a sunburn on top of arthritis pain. That said, a little sunshine is good for you. The sun can even help your body better produce vitamin D, which is great for your bones. Make sure, however, that any medications you are taking do not say to avoid exposure to the sun.
- Opt for tuna. Tuna sandwiches contain omega-3 fatty acids.
- To lessen cleanup duties, use disposable paper plates and cups. Your hands will thank you: there'll be less to carry back to the car and fewer dishes to wash when you get home.
- Enjoy the scenery. Live in the present moment, and just relax. A peaceful atmosphere is a great way to reduce stress, which has the potential to alleviate pain.
- Bring your camera. Moments like these come about only so often. If you are buying a new camera, look for one that will be easy to operate for arthritic hands.
Do you have any picnic memories that you'd like to share? Leave a comment.
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