The weather is cooling down, and coffee shops are advertising everything pumpkin spice. Autumn is soon upon us, and with the weather change may come adjustments in your joint pain management. It’s not uncommon to experience a rise in joint stiffness relating to temperature changes, which is why it’s important to stay active in the new season.
How can you enjoy the best of fall and keep up your exercise routines? If the pools have closed for the season and other circumstances have forced you to switch up your workout, consider some seasonally appropriate, joint-friendly activities to help maintain your flexibility.
Cycling: Riding a bike can benefit your leg muscles and boost your energy. The constant motion can stimulate lubrication in your ankle and knee joints and aid in decreased discomfort. When you ride, be sure to adjust your bike seat so you are not hunched over, and that your legs extend fully as you pedal. Look for bike paths that aren’t crowded in the fall and enjoy the scenery as you roll.
Nature Hiking: Hiking is a great fall activity in that not only will the walking exercise help improve circulation and lung power, but the weather is more suitable. You may find fewer mosquitos or more leaf color changes on your trek, but it’s still advised to carry along some water so you stay hydrated. Go at your own pace, wear supportive and comfortable shoes, and take in the wonders of nature at your favorite park trail.
Fall Activities: This is the time when festivals and outdoor fairs fill up the calendar. When your weekends free up, take advantage of seasonal activities to keep your limbs flexible and spirits high. Visit an apple orchard for pick-your-own, try your navigational skills in an autumn corn maze, or take in any number of farmers’ markets in town. The more your body and mind stay active, the better you may feel.
No matter the time of year, Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists are here to assist patients in proper care of arthritis, joint pain, and bone fractures. Contact us today for more information on our minimally-invasive treatments and physical therapies.