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“My knees can predict the weather!” 5 Ways To Stop Cold Weather Causing Knee Stiffness

October 1, 2018


Wouldn’t it be nice to live somewhere hot where the sun was shining all year round?


Have you ever noticed that during the warmer months and while you are on holiday somewhere hot you tend to find that any aches or pains that you are living with seem to go away and generally you feel less stiff?


I know what you’re thinking, it’s probably due to the liquid anaesthetic that tends to accompany a trip away (presription G&T).


… OR, could there be a more scientific reason behind this temporary window of relief?


A lot of my patients over this past month have been getting more and more concerned about the colder weather and how it can affect their joints (especially their knees).


One patient said that her knees were better at forecasting the weather than any weatherman/woman!


And the answer is yes.


… There is definitely some science behind why aches and pains can go into the background when you are in a warmer climate.


In this weeks blog I am going to give you some easy actionable tips to help leverage the science of why things feel better on holiday in warmer weather, so that you can enjoy keeping active in the colder months too.


1. Move, exercise and stretch (especially in the morning!)


It’s pretty safe to say that when you’re on a nice warm summer holiday, you tend to move around more.


Whether it is a long stroll along the beach or going for a swim in the pool. 


This is fabulously good for your joints (especially your knees!). 


Think of moving and exercising as a way of lubricating your joints. 


The more you move the better your joint will function and the better you will feel.


Why in the morning? 


Because after spending 8 hours in a stationary position, your joints collect fluid and become slightly swollen (which is also why you are taller in the morning).


So, doing some gentle yoga styled exercise during the first 30 minutes of when you wake up will help to flush away this excess fluid and set you up for the day. 


I guarantee you will feel more awake after you do this! 


Be sure to take on lots of water when your first wake up as well because your body loses a lot of water overnight and dehydration can cause you to feel stiff too.


2. Take Vitamin D


Glorious sunshine… The vitamin D we get from the sun is part of why your joints can feel more free during warmer whether. 


Wouldn’t it be great if you could bottle it up or make into a pill?


Well, actually you can…


A recent breakthrough study from a team at University College London looked at the use of vitamin D to combat conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and the results were very encouraging. 


Their research showed that taking vitamin D supplements helped to suppress the inflammatory component of these conditions (the painful bit).


This could be a very big part of why you feel more supple, less stiff and generally less achy during the warmer months.


Taking vitamin D during autumn and winter will help counteract the lack of sunlight.


The NHS recommend taking 10mcg per day. 


You can get vitamin D from foods like:


  • oily fish

  • red meat

  • liver

  • egg yolks