You know its coming…brrrr ⛄
The colder months can present risks to anyone, but for those living with arthritis, staying safe and healthy can be more challenging. While winter does present some hazards, you can help protect yourself by following these tips from Arthritis Society Canada.
Move your physical activity indoors
Slippery conditions, snow covered trails and fewer daylight hours can pose a risk for outdoor activity, but spending more time indoors shouldn’t mean less movement.
Exercising on a regular basis has been shown to reduce the pain of arthritis. Use light weights or resistance bands to work on making muscles stronger while doing low-impact indoor activities such as stationary cycling or swimming to improve your cardiovascular health.
Ensure a safe outdoor environment
A well-lit pathway, as well as a salted or sanded walkway will help you avoid slips and falls, especially in the dark.
If you use a mobility aid such as a cane or walker, replace the tips if they are worn out. Consider adding ice-pick-like attachments onto the end of your cane for additional traction when walking in the snow.
Safe snow removal
Consider having someone assist with snow removal to guarantee it’s done on a regular basis. If you decide to do it yourself, ensure you use proper shoveling techniques or invest in a snow blower. Keep the shovel close to your body and try to push the snow rather than lift. As with any physical activity, don’t overdo it and take regular breaks.