Posted by: ugleepen | January 10, 2016

Do You Have Arthritis? Here Are 3 Tips for Exercising in the Winter

winterNo doubt about it – Christmas is over and January is here and that means that much of the country is in Old Man Winter’s icy grips.

Where does that leave the arthritis sufferer who needs to keep exercising, regardless of cold, damp, even freezing, weather?

Debra Pugh, a certified personal trainer and certified sports nutritionist, offers these 3 tips to exercising in the winter:

1. Exercise Indoors

If the weather is not conducive to exercising outside, then try an indoor program. Some of the popular stationary

equipment that can be found in a home is a treadmill, stationary bike, mini trampoline, elliptical or a stair climber.

You might enjoy a DVD of low impact aerobics, yoga, stretching, exercise tubing or lifting weights. Or join other people at a health club.

The key is to find something indoors that will keep you moving through the cold winter months.

2. Keep Your Joints Warm

When the temperature becomes colder, many people with arthrtis experience various aches, pains  and don’t feel like exercising.

You can find comfort in using a heating pad, electric blanket or several layers of clothes to keep warm,  which can help the muscles and joints feel better.

An extended warm up period before exercise is also helpful to improve the range of motion, flexibility, circulation, and increased nutrients to the tissues.

3. Eat Foods That Are Anti-Inflammatory

There are many green foods with natural chlorophyll in them that have anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease arthritic joint pain.

For example, barley grass has been shown to have the most chlorophyll (more than spinach) and can decrease pain and inflammation so a person can exercise and it also has many beneficial vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes to nourish the cells.

And a Bonus:

Getting 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times a week “may ease the gloominess of depression, reduce the tension associated with winter anxiety and promote relaxation,” says the Mayo Clinic.

Regular exercising during winter is a great way to prevent “Seasonal Affective Disorder” –  also known as winter depression, winter blues, winter doldrums, cabin fever.

If winter’s cold bothers you, you don’t have to stop working out during the winter season. You can still receive the benefits of exercise if you keep your muscles and joints warm, bring your exercise program indoors and eat foods that have anti-inflammatory benefits.

Read more about arthritis and exercise.

Source: Debra Pugh

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