The term warming up, what does that mean? Well, it means exactly that, your muscles work best at a temperature between 100 and 101, yet your temperature typically runs 98, sometimes a little bit more, sometimes a little bit less. In order for you to get the muscles to work properly they need to be at a higher operating temperature, very much like your car. So in the morning when the temperature is the coolest outside, and your body temperature is the coolest, that’s when your joints hurt the most, that’s when your muscles hurt the worst, and that’s when folks with arthritis, rheumatoid in particular, tend to feel the worst. That’s almost always in the morning.
So when do your joints hurt the worst? First thing in the morning. Osteo-arthritis, first thing in the morning. We take our clues from the season, we take our clues from the clock, and this is kind of fascinating. When do you feel the worst? What time of day? When does your head hurt the worst, in the morning when you wake up, when you go to bed, or sometime in between? And it gives you a clue as to what the problem really might be.