The Arthritis NewsletterSummer 2017
Tips and Tricks for Summer FunBy Kelly English
We all look forward to summer and the hot weather and holidays. In order to be prepared, follow these tips and tricks to enjoy the summer and stay healthy!
- At the beginning of your day and before any activity you haven’t done in a while, remember to stretch and do your strengthening exercises.
- Go for a walk around your neighbourhood to smell and admire the flowers.
- You may want to consider using an activity monitor to assist with being physically active in a safe way. If you have not used a Fitbit type of monitor and have RA, Lupus or Osteoarthritis consider joining the Fitbit Research being done by Dr. Linda Li and her team. For more information click here for the RA and Lupus study and click here for the Osteoarthritis study.
- Make sure you are taking medications on-time and properly.
- Remember sunscreen and reapply regularly. Sometimes medications can cause sun sensitivity. Play it safe and bring your favourite hat – maybe two to change it up.
- If outside when mosquitoes are around (camping or hiking areas) make sure you wear long sleeves and pants and take precautions to avoid bug bites. If you are planning to be in an area where Zika is present, it is even more important.
- If you are going on holidays consider getting up to date on any vaccinations you will need. It is a good idea to question live vaccines before doing biologics or if you have a gap in the medication regime.
- Tetanus shots – are yours up to date? Remember as adults we sometimes need boosters.
- Don’t forget to carry some quiet toys when travelling with children. Consider taking reading material for yourself as sometimes just sitting on a bench reading will give your body a short rest.
- Protect against food poisoning. Cook hamburgers well, remember cold storage for things with mayo (potato salad, egg salad), and be safe with chicken!
Best of all enjoy your summer.
LEARN MORE: Research study participants play a crucial role in arthritis research, and much of the research completed at Arthritis Research Canada is made possible by the generous contribution of time by people like you. There are many opportunities for you to become involved. Click here for a list of opportunities to participate in research.