By Arthritis Queensland's Health Promotion Team (December, 2020)
Being physically active is important for our health and wellbeing, and also helps in the management of arthritis and arthritis pain.
But when the Australian summer hits, keeping up our regular exercise habits can be hard and may even be dangerous if not planned properly.
Consider the below tips to help keep your exercise routine safe and suitable this summer.
This goes without saying - consistently drinking water throughout the day is important at any time of the year. But in the warmer weather, dehydration can happen quickly.
The exact amount of water we need to drink depends on a range of factors like temperature, our body size and muscle mass, and the type and intensity of activity.
When planning to exercise, it’s important to ensure you’re hydrated before you start, and then keep those fluids up during and after exercising!
Additionally, avoid exercising in the hottest and sunniest times of the day where intense heat and sweat loss can cause dehydration to happen fast.
Learn more about staying hydrated in
this article from My health for life
If you live with arthritis, learning to pace is an important part of daily life to help make the most of your energy.
Carefully planning and organising daily activities can help you balance work and rest, and make the most of your energy when feeling your best. Pacing helps you to do what you want to do without increasing your pain or fatigue. Examples for exercising:
Although trying to plan and organise your week can help you to pace, things don't always go to plan. Many things can throw our arthritis a curve ball, including changes in weather.
Although exercise has its benefits for arthritis, overdoing it can have the opposite effect. If you're not quite up to it at the time you planned, try slowing down, doing less or re-plan for another time.
Avoid overdoing it and find gentler exercise options. Have you considered these options:
Check out these Fitness Tips from Healthier.Happier. Everyone is different, find out what works best for you!
Finally, before starting any new exercise its important you speak with your healthcare team to make sure it is safe and right for you and your type of Arthritis.
Always talk to your doctor and/or health professional before starting an exercise program. A physiotherapist or exercise physiologist can suggest safe exercises and make sure you are doing your exercises correctly.