Summer is a time for outdoor adventures, fun excursions with family and friends, and relaxing by the pool. Unfortunately, summer can also be a time of increased joint pain for many people. Hot weather and high humidity can aggravate pain and swelling in your joints, while vacations often involve a lot of walking, which takes its toll on your ankles and knees.
To prevent aching joints from ruining your summer holidays, here are some easy steps you can take.
Drinking lots of water helps keep joint pain at a minimum during the summer time. Instead of just drinking when you get thirsty, try to drink water at regular intervals throughout the day. Keep a bottle with you at all times to sip from, and it’ll quickly become second nature.
Eight glasses of water a day is the rule of thumb, but your doctor may give you a personalized recommendation. You should also steer clear of drinks that have alcohol, caffeine, or sugar in them, as these contribute to dehydration. For some flavor, squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into your water bottle, or infuse a fruity taste by adding some slices of apple, kiwi, or strawberry.
It can seem hard when you’re in pain, but staying moderately active is one of the best ways to minimize joint pain during the summer. If you’ve been sitting for a long time, get up and move around the room, or take a short walk outside.
If you’re staying somewhere with a pool, take advantage of it. The buoyancy provided by the water makes swimming easy on the joints, and the exercise will leave you with more energy, as well as improving your flexibility and strength. It’s also a refreshing way to cool off on a hot day.
Don’t overdo it
When you’re enjoying your vacation or even just pottering around in your garden in the sun, it can be easy to lose track of time and put too much strain on your body. That’s why it’s important to know your limits.
If it’s a really hot day, it might be best to stay indoors where there’s air conditioning until it gets a little cooler out. Similarly, don’t push yourself too hard when exercising in hot weather. Take regular breaks, keep the water bottle handy, and look after yourself.
Take time to stretch
Doing some gentle stretches before and after exercising can make a big difference where joint pain is concerned. If you’re gearing up for a long day of walking, show your joints some love with a few simple stretches before you set out. And don’t forget to take a few minutes to cool down afterwards by gradually slowing down before stopping. If you’re sore or find your joints feel swollen, apply an ice pack–it will feel nice after being out in the heat.
If joint pain keeps interfering with your summer plans, it may be time to consider an alternative form of therapy. Stem Cell Therapy is a safe, minimally-invasive option that renews damaged joints by encouraging your body to heal naturally. When combined with healthy lifestyle changes, Stem Cell Therapy has proven effective for many patients.
To find out if Stem Cell Therapy is right for you, contact us today.