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5 TOP TIPS TO MANTAIN YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE

In Winter, our muscles are tormented by big adjustments in temperature. It is important to remember to maintain your body heat and allow your muscles and joints the opportunity to adjust to their surroundings, to prevent retraction and uncomfortable pain. We have been blessed with little frozen weather this year, but that doesn’t mean the issue isn’t still there.

We have got 5 top tips to maintain your body temperature, some do’s and don’ts for winter.

PREPARE FOR THE COLD

Preparation is key. We are Brits, so the weather forecast is a part of our daily routine. If you have plans for the day, use the morning to prepare. In colder weather, we are much less active at home. We all love a cup of tea by the fire, right? This, however, relaxes the muscles and joints, so we need to ensure they are active before we head out in the cold. Research a good stretch and subtle exercise routine to wake up your body. This is important as the muscles will contract in the cold which can be painful and cause joint issues too.

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FOCUS ON LAYERS

Layers of clothing are important for maintaining your temperature outside, Mum and Dad always said to put on a jumper, gloves and scarf, right? YES! But it is important to concentrate the layers of clothing on areas of previous injury or where you may suffer from muscle or joint issues. A handy hint; if you (or your wife/partner) has a laddered pair of tights…don’t throw them out. You can cut them to size to use for elbows, knees and other joints to add an extra layer from the cold.

KEEP UP THE PACE

Walking a little quicker, at a pace, you feel comfortable, will keep the muscles working and prevent them from contracting uncomfortably. Don’t stop! If you bump into a friend while you are out, keep walking while you chat to keep your body moving. Likewise, whilst waiting for a bus or train, pace (even around in circles) to keep the body moving.

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DON’T SHOCK YOUR BODY

We all do it; run in, throw off the excess clothes and jump on the radiator to warm up. After all, we are freezing! However, this is not good for muscles as they will naturally contract in cold temperatures. The key is to slowly warm the body, allowing it to adjust. Pick your coolest room, such as the kitchen and slowly remove your layers and allow your body to adjust. When you are feeling less cold and have adjusted you can get comfortable in your warm living room with a nice cuppa!

APPLY SUBTLE HEAT TO RELIEVE JOINT PAIN

If you are suffering from joint pain having been out in the cold, it is essential to apply SUBTLE heat. Do not place the joint against a radiator, lay a boiling hot water bottle directly onto the joint or by submerging painful hands in hot water. Instead, have a warm bath, which helps to soothe the muscles and joints in the whole body. Then apply a layer of Pertnaton Gel to the affected area to maintain mobility. For smaller or more focussed areas, try Pernaton Gel Roll On, a mess-free way to get to your problem joints.

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