Tips For Enjoying The Beach With Arthritis

Posted on August 18th, 2020 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

Summer weather means time to hit the beach! Unfortunately, beach trips aren’t as easy and convenient for everyone; for instance, those who have arthritis. Although arthritis can make daily life more difficult and make enjoying certain pleasures a hassle, beach trips don’t have to be among those things!

If you have arthritis, utilize these tips to help you enjoy the sun and sand before summer ends:

Don’t Go Alone

Use your beach day as an opportunity to spend quality time and catch up with friends and family. They can be there as well in case of emergency, and help carry items that may be too heavy or tough for you to carry. Don’t be afraid to ask!

Be Prepared

Preparation is key! If you take the time to be fully packed and prepared, that leaves more time for you to do exactly what you went to the beach to do; relax! Here are some things you’ll want to add to your packing list:

  • Cold water and ice packs in a cooler
  • Healthy snacks
  • Plenty of sunscreen
  • A chair
  • An umbrella
  • Towels
  • A change of clothes
  • Anything else you think you will need to enjoy your day!

Find The Perfect Chair

A comfortable chair is essential for a relaxing beach day. There are plenty of beach chairs out there, so take some time to make sure you invest in one that will make your beach trips a breeze. Look for a chair with quality support and comfort that allows you to either sit up or lay back easily. Consider the height of the chair and make sure you can easily lift yourself and stand back up. Pillows are also a plus as they can help provide pressure relief and bone support when you need it!

Stay Hydrated

Bringing plenty of water is a must! Staying hydrated helps reduce joint pain and inflammation, promotes healthy blood flow, and keeps you refreshed from the heat. Bring a cooler if you have so your water can stay cold and refreshing all day. Don’t forget some healthy snacks to munch on too!

Be Active

The beach is more than just a relaxing oasis, but also a great place to exercise! Low-impact exercise is crucial for staying healthy when living with arthritis. Walking, swimming, and yoga are great, joint-friendly activities you can do during your beach day. 

Listen to Your Body

You know your body better than anyone, so make sure to listen to it. Know your limits, get plenty of rest before going, and make sure you are comfortable and feel up to going to the beach. But most importantly, remember to relax and have a good time!

Orthopaedist in Connecticut

If arthritis pain is impacting your daily activity, or you have a past injury that’s giving you trouble, give the Orthopaedic Specialty Group a call at (203) 337-2600 and let us know how we can help you!