When Old Man Winter makes his annual visit, we all feel the chill. Colder temps can affect blood flow, making muscles and joints feel especially stiff. Cozying up by the fire seems more inviting than a brisk walk this time of year, but inactivity only adds to discomfort.
Before you gear up to shovel snow or hit the slopes for some frosty fun, there are a few simple things you can do to help you manage muscle aches and pains.
Overdress. Dress in warm layers to keep your muscles from losing heat. Pay special attention to keeping joints like ankles and knees warm with leg warmers or thick socks. Don’t forget your gloves either!
Limber up. Stretching is important to do before any type of physical activity, but even more so when it’s cold. A quick warm-up can help increase your range of motion and reduce the risk of injury. Focus on squats or lunges if your outdoor activity requires intense legwork, like skiing. For shoveling snow, concentrate on stretching your lower back, arms, and hamstrings. And when bending over, remember to keep your back straight and bend with your knees.
Stay hydrated. Your body has to work harder in the cold to say warm, yet people tend to be less thirsty when it’s chilly. Drink enough to stay hydrated so you’ll ward off muscle cramps and spasms.
Relieve pain when it strikes. If pain or soreness sets in, a warm bath or heating pad can relax and soothe your muscles. You can also try Arnicare products to relieve muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries, and discoloration from bruises.* This homeopathic medicine is made from Arnica montana, a type of mountain daisy used for centuries as a pain reliever. Arnicare is available in oral pellets and tablets that may be used in conjunction with Arnicare Gel, Cream, and Ointment. All topical formulas are unscented and paraben-free.
For more tips on pain-free living this winter, visit Arnicare.com.
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.