Are you one of those who dread winters because of those unbearable joint pains? Worry not, you are not alone. Joint pains happen because of tissue shrinkage which impacts nerve endings thus causing the pain. Winter is the time, when nerve endings are extremely sensitive.
During winter, blood circulation in our muscles and joints also get affected. Our body restricts the flow of blood to certain body parts such as our hands and the muscles hurt at times.
So it becomes very critical that we keep an eye out for the factors that worsens the aches and pains:
- Lack of movement – Winter tempts us to stay snuggled-up, all warm and cosy. The risk we endure is, we end up making our muscles and joints lazy and weak with all the available rest and zero movement. You must move around more to keep your muscles and joints active enough.
- Dehydration– In winter, our bodies tend to feel less thirsty and hence our intake of fluids and water comes down significantly. Huge intake of hot beverages like coffee doesn’t count as fluids because the body only gets dehydrated in the process. The end result is drier skin and more complications for the body. Have huge amounts of water and fluids to keep the body hydrated and the skin amply moisturised.
- Binge-eating – Winter keeps you confined with restricted movement. This also sends out signals to the body to eat more. The human body tends to eat more without any care or caution. In the process, a lot of fats and sugars get absorbed. And for lack of any physical activity, the immediate impact is on the muscles and joints in the form of inflammation and pain.
- Stress – Research studies also reveal winter is the time when people get afflicted with stress, anxiety and depression for a host of reasons. Such stress directly impacts the joints and muscles leading to inflammation. It’s o ideal to keep stress away.
Now let’s talk about how to keep these muscle and joint aches at bay. It is not very difficult to deal with these winter problems:
- Exercise – The human body requires some form of physical activity under all weather conditions. Otherwise, muscles can stiffen and joints can ache. The cold conditions of winter may not allow you to exercise vigorously outside. But you can take up equally rewarding alternatives like yoga in the comforts of your home. If you’re a beginner, you can start with mild exercises.
- Warm baths – Warm baths during winter are absolutely de-stressing. They relax tensed muscles and relieve joint pain. Make sure the water is not too hot – you may end up with a scalding burn or dry patchy skin.
- Balanced diet – Your food must include fruits and vegetables that are rich in Vitamin C and Omega 3 fatty acids that help fight inflammation of muscles and joint pains and keep them healthy.
Do not let the winter get the better of you. Go out and conquer the cold!