Lately, I've been feeling some mild joint pain in various places like the elbow, sometimes the fingers, and the knee.  It is winter in the mid-Atlantic and temperature ranges from 30s to low 50s. It's not actually bad yet but it is pretty cold for me and my joints and I'm starting to feel something.  
This article talks about the cold weather and the joints and how athletes should take extra care when exercising in the cold. The part on the benefits of moving resonates with me because I do think that moving my joints by running, walking, biking, etc keeps me from being stiff and probably from flaring up.  It is, however, difficult to keep moving in the winter and I can come up with many different excuses such as 'it's too cold' and 'it's too dark.'  There just seems to be a lot more to do inside the house like watch TV, cook and eat, prepare for house guests, etc.  The foods also seem to be extra delicious and the sweets are definitely much more abundant.  And I'm not sure that it's really a good thing that the New Year is around the corner because I'm now rationalizing that I can feast through these weeks leading up to the Holidays and just work on shedding and sweating it all out after the New Year.  

And so in my introspection as I rub my elbow joint and fingers, this routine is not acceptable and that I'm probably gonna have to do something about it soon before a gout flare-up.  Moving, and keeping at it, will be key to all of this.  I just have to find that motivation but I think this mild pain should be motivating enough.  Another key to this is doing it right especially when it's 20, 30 degrees out there.  Warm-up is more important than ever. I tend to skip warm-ups and stretches before exercices in the summer and I seem to do just fine but that probably will not do in the winter.  Gonna have to plan to get the joints warmed up before they stiffly rub against each other.  I invested a bit on the winter clothes so there's no problem there.  Now I need to invest in spending time warming up and stretching before exercises.