Does it feel like the hottest summer ever? Daily triple-digit temperatures may discourage exercise and other activities, but if you are dealing with chronic joint pain it’s important to take care of yourself regardless of the forecast. A rise in heat can affect inflammation in your fingers, knees, and elbows, and regular exercise is one way to improve your mobility and flexibility. So how can you achieve this when it just feels too hot – outside and in the house – to do anything?
To combat fatigue at the peak of summer’s heat, keep three things in mind:
Cool Places: Public indoor spaces allow you to move around in comfort. When you need to get out of the house, try a walk around your local mall or use the pool or the indoor track at a nearby community center.
Hydration: The better your maintain your fluids, the better you aid your joint health. Water is best to keep in a travel bottle whether exercising or relaxing, and some sports drinks can help with your electrolyte levels – be mindful of nutrition labels and watch for heavy sugar content. Dehydration, no matter the temperature, poses serious risks.
Comfortable Clothing: Skin needs to breathe. Loose, comfortable shirts and shorts not only allow for this, but it’s easier to move around and exercise so your joints don’t stiffen.
Above all else, move at your own pace and listen to your body.
At Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, we work with patients to improve quality of life throughout the year. When extreme temperatures – hot or cold – flare up arthritis and make the simplest tasks a challenge, our team is here to help. We provide solutions designed to manage your pain and improve your quality of life. Contact us today for more information.