Growing up, you probably heard your grandfather or grandmother or other older relative say, “I think it’s going to rain or snow!” And when you would ask how they know that they would probably say something like, “I can feel it in my knees, or bones, or because my arthritis is flaring up.”
And the truth is they were probably right, colder weather can irritate or cause arthritic bones and joints to hurt and ache, which can cause a lot of discomfort and pain.
If you are finding that you are now the one thinking that, this can ring even more true for you now that the colder months are upon us.
So, how do you find relief for your joint and bone pain during this time of the year?
Here are a couple ways to help with your bones and joints to help relieve some of that pain and let you enjoy all that winter has to offer.
Drink lots of water
From the heater to the cold winds outside, there are many parts of winter and colder weather that can leave you dehydrated.
Make sure to drink plenty of water because that can really help to keep you active and moving, which can really help achy joints, and also studies show that water can make your body more tolerant to pain.
Drinking water is important for many reasons, but especially if you are in higher altitudes because it keeps you hydrated as well as helps give you the oxygen you need.
Bundle up well
Warm joints are happy joints, so keep them warm and cozy by dressing accordingly.
If you know you are going to be spending a lot of time out in rain or snow make sure you have plenty of layers to keep your body warm and safe from the outside temperatures.
Wear things like gloves, socks, hats and tights or leggings to add those extra layers of heat.
Find some warm water
Whether it’s a bath, hot tub, or heated pool, taking a dip in some warm water will not only be soothing to your joints but a great way to stay warm in the winter.
Swimming in a heated pool is a great way to get exercise and help your achy bones take a break from the cold.
Keep on moving
Exercising and just making sure to stay active is a great way to help joints and muscles to stay healthy and strong and to help lessen the pain.
Find an indoor gym or track and keep up your exercise routine during the cold months, even if you are tempted to just stay inside and hibernate.
Talk to an expert
If it seems that your joint pain or pain is getting to be unbearable, it might be time to talk to your doctor and see if it’s something more than just the cold weather.
Your doctor may refer you to an orthopedic surgeon to have them check out the areas that are causing you the most pain and take a closer look to see what the solution may be.