Cooler weather brings changes to routine, and the opportunity to change up how you look after your joint health. Some people who live with arthritis or other types of joint pain may experience harsher symptoms due to colder temperatures, therefore it’s important to stay active.
Movement helps keep your joints lubricated and your body flexible. Done with regularity, you stand to reduce pain and improve sleep and overall well-being. This year, issues with coronavirus may have presented some challenges. You may be restricted from visiting your regular gym, or activities in which you participate may be canceled or postponed. Nonetheless, there are many ways this fall to maintain good joint health in addition to mental clarity and positive mood.
Walking: Walking is perhaps one of the easiest exercises to enjoy in breezy autumn weather. It supports the lower body joints and also benefits the cardiovascular system. Keep track of your daily step count in a fitness journal, and record how you feel in terms of joint stiffness and discomfort. It’s a good method to determine the right balance of exercise to help manage joint pain.
Yoga: Yoga is a mindful activity that can be done at home — all you need is an open space in a quiet setting, indoors or out. The poses one practices in yoga can help improve range of motion and reduce stress. Practice on your own or with an online class if a local studio offers one.
Tai-Chi: Like yoga, tai-chi is a practice involving meditative breathing, though here the focus is on fluid movement instead of holding poses. A Chinese martial art for self-defense, it is also utilized for its physical and mental health benefits. Depending on your joint health, too, you can adapt a workout to meet your needs.
Hobbies At-Home: For patients with issues in the hand, wrist, and finger joints, pastimes that involve these parts of the body are good for flexibility. You’ll find a number of tutorials on the Internet to assist you in these inexpensive at-home hobbies such as:
- Music (learning piano, guitar, etc.)
For these activities, look for ergonomic equipment and find a good spot at home in a chair that supports your lower body and back.
At Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, it is the goal of our physicians and staff to see our patients enjoying their favorite activities. A diagnosis of joint pain doesn’t have to stop you from doing the things you love. Contact us today to learn more about the treatments we provide.