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Smart Ways to Spring Back into Action
Cold weather impacts more than the environment. Just as the landscape seems weary and brittle when covered in snow and ice, and animals have been sequestered in hibernation, cold weather can also take its toll on the human body.

Individuals who experience arthritis or joint aches and pains from jobs and past injuries, may have their symptoms exacerbated when the temperature is brisk. Rebounding once the weather warms up may require gradual changes and a smart strategy, including natural pain-relief products that don't carry the side effects or stigma of prescription meds.

"A few years ago I slipped and broke my ankle that required two surgeries and repair with several pins and a metal rod," says Jeanette S. "The stiffness that still occurs in my ankle can be uncomfortable, particularly when I've been inactive for a while. The pain also deters me from participating in many activities even when Ifeel like getting outdoors."

More than 40 million people in the U.S. have arthritis, according to reports from the organization, Caring 4 Arthritis. Osteoarthritis, or the gradual degeneration of cartilage between the joints that results in pain and stiffness, is the most common form of arthritis. While arthritis can be hereditary, many cases of osteoarthritis are due to repetitive motions or injuries to specific joints from work-related tasks or sporting activities.

Many other people experience joint pain as a side effect of aging or a past injury. Becoming active again come spring or summer, or directly after recovering from an injury, may not be as simple as getting back on the figurative horse. Arthri-Zen Relief, the all-natural solution that helps men and women fight pain and muscle discomfort, offers these tips.

* Talk to a doctor first. Before beginning an exercise regimen or joining a sports team, it's important for people to mention their plans to a doctor, whether a general doctor or a specialist, such as an orthopedist. He or she can advise which activities may prove beneficial and which may complicate injuries or pain issues.

* Begin gradually. After spending time cooped up indoors as a relative couch potato, one might be inclined to hit the ground running. But muscles and joints that haven't been worked out in a while could be more sensitive to injury. People can start with several minutes of stretching and work up to their former activity levels over the course of a several weeks. An avid runner may want to begin by walking briskly or shaving his or her 5-mile run down to 2 miles and working up.

* Pay attention to pain. While any activity that pushes the body can result in some soreness, particularly if a person is out of shape or has been out of the game for a while, these aches and pains should be minor and alleviate after a few days. Any pain that is sharp or debilitating could be the sign of an injury and should be brought to the attention of an expert.

Other aches can be treated with Arthri-Zen Relief Cream and Capsules. The analgesic cream is made from a clinically tested proprietary herbal blend of juniper, goldenrod, dandelion, willow bark, and meadowsweet, all of which are delivered with a low level of menthol and wintergreen in a base with aloe, shea butter, avocado, and grape seed oil. It can be used to provide fast relief to hot spots.

The capsules contain the same herbal extracts, which help interfere with the transmission of pain signals. For example, juniper blocks the production of compounds that make pain receptors more sensitive. Meadowsweet and Willow Bark contain a variety of salicin compounds that have a pain-relieving effect without side effects or allergic reactions. The capsules were carefully tested on people suffering from severe arthritis pain and are clinically shown to relieve joint and muscle discomfort.

Medjet discount banner w/Jim Furyk PGA winner * Remember, many activities constitute physical exercise. Just because a person is going to mow the lawn or do some gardening now that the weather is warmer doesn't mean he or she should start out at a break-neck speed. Like jogging or heading to the gym, mundane activities such as tilling soil or scrubbing winter grime off of decks can get the heart pumping and push the body. Go slowly and build up gradually just as with any other exercise.

* Try low-impact activities. When the weather gets warmer it is a great time to head to the water to get daily exercise. The buoyancy offered by the water takes the strain off of muscles and joints and provides subtle resistance. Swimming and water aerobics are a great way to stay in shape in a low-impact way.

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