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18 February 2011

Arthritis and weather

Ever wondered why so many people retire to places with boring weather? It could be that it’s easier on their joints than living in Greenland.

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Ever wondered why so many people retire to places with boring weather? It could be that it’s easier on their joints than living in Greenland.

Most arthritis sufferers find that warm weather or a mild climate makes living with their ailment much easier than places where it freezes at night.

Many people also find that wearing a jersey and not sitting in a chilly draught will help ward off stiffness and pain.

Wearing several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than a single, massive jacket.

Exercise is a useful way to relieve joints of stiffness, but if the cold gets to you, join a gym and concentrate on strength exercises, or do water aerobics in a heated pool.

It’s probably less fun than being outside, but you can go walking in your local mall.

You probably know that your body loses most of its heat though your head, so wear a hat outdoors. No-one will laugh at you for using a hot water bottle or bed socks at night. And keep taking your medication.

(Susan Erasmus, Health24, updated February 2011)

 
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