5 tips to beat arthritis fatigue this summer

by | Jun 11, 2024 | Health and Wellness

We only get a few months of warm weather in Canada. So, as temperatures rise, you may want to get outside and enjoy every moment. But when you have a chronic condition such as arthritis, extreme fatigue – the feeling of needing to rest even before you start an activity – can quickly cast a shadow on a bright summer day.

Here are five tips to overcome arthritis fatigue so you can make the most of the summer.

Feed your energy
Skipping a meal is common when experiencing pain or fatigue. But this only worsens the issue by causing hormone fluctuations, which increase stress and exhaustion. To help you stay energized and nourished, prep meals when you have energy, and keep fruits, vegetables and ready-to-eat meals on hand to prevent spikes and crashes in blood sugar.

Bust a move
It’s normal to feel unmotivated to exercise when our energy is low, but when you boost cardiovascular activity, your organs receive oxygen and nutrients, triggering endorphins, which will help raise your energy levels and reduce fatigue. If you struggle with arthritis, stick to moderate, low-impact exercises, such as walking, swimming or cycling.

Get enough sleep
Catching enough Zs is vital in preventing arthritis-related fatigue. If pain due to arthritis flare-ups is coming between you and a good night’s rest, try taking a hot bath, using a heating pad, doing a gentle yoga sequence or following a guided meditation to relax into sleep and soothe your muscles and joints.

Stay hydrated
Many people overestimate how much water they drink and wait until they are thirsty. Keeping a reusable water bottle handy, tracking your daily water intake and setting a hydration goal can make you more aware of your water consumption and prevent fatigue and dehydration, which can be especially dangerous during the summer months.

Take care of your mental health
Our thoughts and emotions impact our physical health and vice versa, so it’s no wonder that people with arthritis are twice as likely to report mood disorders like anxiety and depression. Engaging in activities that support your mental well-being can reduce fatigue and boost overall health.

Find more wellness tips from Arthritis Society Canada at arthritis.ca/living-well

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