How to Manage Arthritis in the Winter

If you have arthritis, then you know how difficult it can be to manage it once the wintertime rolls around. Studies have suggested that it’s the sudden change in temperature that often takes place in the winter, not the cold itself that makes arthritis so hard to deal with during the colder months. But whatever the reason, successfully managing arthritis in the winter can feel like a chore. Here are some tips for dealing with your arthritis this winter.

Be careful putting on cold weather gear

In the winter, people have a tendency to layer up with heavy shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats, gloves, and more. This can be tough for those who suffer from arthritis since putting a bunch of heavy clothes on and then taking them off can prove to be unbearable. So rather than layering up with a couple of heavy clothing items, opt to use a few thin layers that will serve the same purpose and keep you warm without flaring up your arthritis.

Be diligent about exercising—after warming up properly, of course

When the weather starts to get cold, many older Americans stop going outside and getting the exercise they need. This is not good. While the winter weather will present challenges to everyone, including those with arthritis, you should still make it a point to get out and walk or stay active in other ways. Just make sure you warm up before doing so and drink enough water. Moderate exercise will be good for you as it will help you maintain your weight and avoid putting additional stress on your joints. And if you are able to get some sun in the process, the vitamin D from it will prove to be good for you, too.

Be proactive about staying safe

Wintertime will bring lots of hazards for people. From icy sidewalks to snowy front porches, you should steer clear of any surface that could present a problem for you. You should also try and find someone who can clear snow for you rather than trying to do it yourself. Shoveling could lead to your arthritis getting significantly worse in the winter.

By following these tips, you should be able to effectively manage your arthritis this winter. BEK Medical can also provide you with products that will help you do it. Call us at 915-599-1129 today to find out about the products we have in stock that would benefit those suffering from arthritis.