We all love to get outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather, but if you suffer from joint pain, you may be a little more hesitant to take that afternoon stroll or take the kids to the park. It can really be disappointing and debilitating. Here are a few things you can do to prevent and alleviate some of the pain and discomfort:
- Plan to Pace- It is vitally important that you don’t overdo any physical activity as this can cause a flare up and send you right back to the resting position. If you are taking a walk, start with a short route around the block and then see how you feel the next day. Increase your activity at a slow pace.
- BUT DO Exercise- Exercise keeps the joints moving and is one of the best ways to prevent stiff achy joints, and remember to pace yourself.
- Stretch- Take a beginner’s yoga class or just stretch what you know feels good. Just be sure to warm up your joints with some light exercise first. A cold rubber band doesn’t stretch as well and that is exactly what your joints and ligaments can resemble if not “warmed up.”
- Lose weight- This is a lot easier said than done especially when you already have trouble moving, but losing one pound can take four times that pressure off your joints. And remember the age old rule about losing weight is Move More and Eat Less- OR just healthier. Really focus on adding antioxidant rich foods like berries and leafy greens into your diet to further assist your body in repairing joints and decreasing muscle pain.
- Rest- With joint and muscle pain, your body needs to be able to repair itself so make sure you are getting a good night’s sleep and if necessary, take a nap or lie down during the day as well.
- Take a Joint Supplement. Our diets and lifestyle have decreased the amount of some key elements in our bodies that can help repair joints. After the age of 30, our bodies stop producing collagen, which cushions our joints and plumps skin. Calotren is a collagen protein supplement that does just that. It helps to repair joints, build lean muscle and boost your metabolism which can assist in losing weight. For every pound of excess weight exerts about 4 pounds of extra pressure on the knees, so losing weight will also help to decrease joint pain.
Need relief now?
Take a warm bath or use a heating pad for temporary relief. You can also get a massage which loosens the muscles around the joints and can decrease joint tension. And lastly, you may try an all-natural pain relief supplement.