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I am seriously starting to wonder if I am allergic to this cold weather we have been experiencing here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This picture of the weather forecast was taken last Sunday, but it has been this cold for a long time now, and I don’t mind saying I am getting tired of it.
My body is not coping well with the cold, so it makes it difficult to want to go outside for anything that is not absolutely necessary. The cold is wreaking havoc with my fourth New Year’s resolution to get more exercise since walking is usually my main form of exercise between November and March. To remedy this, I have taken up doing planks which are great for my muscles, especially the core muscles, but don’t contribute to the cardiovascular exercise I need.
I know cold can aggravate conditions like Raynaud’s Phenomenon where blood flow is restricted to the body’s extremities when they get cold. Cold can also aggravate arthritis causing joint pain. My problem is neither of these conditions. My whole body seems to ache when I get cold. If my feet get cold, the aching pain starts in my feet and ankles, but then moves up my legs to my hips too. The pain actually feels like my bones are aching. Sitting in a cold car or cold hockey arena watching my son play can easily set the aching off. When this happens I find heat and advil are the only remedies. I purchased a click heat pad recently; it works great…
You simply press the small metal disc that is floating inside the heating pad to activate it. As soon as the disc is pressed, the pad heats up and gets firm. It stays warm for hours, so you can move it around to heat all of your achy body parts. When it cools off, all you have to do is place the pad in boiling water to return it to its liquid state.