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There are many exciting aspects of winter, from it suddenly being acceptable to cuddle up on the sofa while series binging, to being able to buy that new pair of boots you’ve been coveting. On the down side, most of us tend to be less active, and if we already suffer from joint pain this is amplified during the colder months.
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Don’t let joint pain slow you down this winter! What you should (and shouldn’t) be doing to help your joint pain
Do: Strength training twice a week with a resistance band, or light weights is important and strengthening your muscles helps to protect your joints. Focus on your core, arms and legs. Your core is what helps you keep your balance and support your skeletal structure, and will therefore enable you to do more than you did before.
Don’t: Strength training without stretching and warming-up is a big no-no. Make sure you warm up your muscles before any lifting and this will help you avoid any future muscle and joint injuries.
Do: Add low impact exercises such as swimming into your workout routine. This puts less stress on your joints while exercising most of the muscles in your body.
Don’t: Everything takes time; not everyone can run a marathon without training. If your aim is to run a 10km race, you need to train, and you also need to listen to your body. If there is pain, it is there for a reason – don’t push yourself through it, you will do more damage than anything else.
Do: Take a chance and try something new – whether it is a dance class or Pilates – you may love it, and, who knows, you may want to exercise more often.
Don’t: Never feel you are too old or too stiff to start exercising; baby steps are all it takes to get started. You may only be able to swim one length of the pool today, but in a month’s time you will be swimming more.
Do: Use turmeric and ginger. They have anti-inflammatory properties and can be included into your diet. These natural remedies can be taken in a capsule form (available from health shops), or made into a tea. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and helps to lower the levels of enzymes that cause inflammation.
Don’t: Stop exercising. Taking a 15-minute walk a day or participating in exercises that target joints and stiffness strengthens the muscles that support the joints. Movement also assists with lubricating the joints, allowing for easier and less painful movement.
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