We’re entering the holiday season which means it’s time for gifts and merriment, good food and drink, and quality time spent with those closest to us. With all the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to kick your regular routine to the curb. While there is nothing wrong with adjusting your routine to fit a busy schedule, it’s all about balance.
Our founder Dr. Robert Dean is sharing four ways to stay on track and fully enjoy this season, especially if you’re managing chronic joint pain. The best part is all tips are easy to incorporate and will leave you feeling your best!
Keep Moving. Parking it in front of the fireplace in our flannel attire and fluffy socks with a hot cocoa isn’t the only thing you can do this holiday season. While Dr. Dean highly encourages cozying up, be sure to keep your body moving to feel its best. Enjoy a walk around the neighborhood to admire decorations or incorporate some gentle exercises like swimming or yoga to alleviate tension in your joints.
Be Sure to Enjoy. Don’t deprive yourself when it comes to all the yummy goodness the holidays inevitably bring. Indulge and enjoy your favorite dishes in moderation, because while it’s important to fuel our bodies properly, it’s equally as important to fuel the soul. If you’re looking for something with a little more balance, Dr. Dean shared his favorite fall recipes that would be a great addition to any table.
Find Your Zen. As much joy as the holidays bring, it can also instill a little stress. Whether that stress stems from hosting or even just attending a larger gathering, it happens and it’s completely valid. Taking some time for yourself to recharge is imperative and can make all the difference in your headspace and health. Dr. Dean loves yoga or meditation for a quick reset and pick-me-up. This 7 Minute Yoga for Stress Relief flow is great in a pinch (and keeps that body moving!). If meditation is more your speed, Calm will walk you through a 10-minute mindfulness session.
Stay Hydrated. Festive beverages make their appearance around this time; mulled wine, eggnog, punch, and the classic Coca-Cola (you know the one in a glass bottle. It tastes better around this time of year!). Feel free to enjoy responsibly but be sure to include plenty of water! It’s estimated that a large portion of your joint cartilage is comprised of water, making it crucial in keeping joint pain at bay. Without proper hydration, dehydration sets in and can cause a reverse lubrication effect on joints. So, be sure to grab your favorite water bottle and keep it handy.
If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.