Almost every source on information for AS stresses the importance of exercise in helping to improve the symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis. In fact the NASS website has a whole section dedicated to it. They also went out and made an app that you can download. The thing that I love about the NASS approach is that it doesn’t specify one individual exercise, unlike some newspaper articles that I’ve seen.
(I saw one a couple of years ago that described a famous Ankylosaur and said that he ran 9/10 miles a day and did 1,000 sit ups, just to prevent him from ending up in a wheelchair. It did the rounds again in March when he moved to a new TV show and needed a dramatic tagline. Who said the Daily Express, Mirror, Daily Star, and the Sun weren’t quality newspapers?)
Running is a great form of exercise. Although it’s not for everybody, and in particular it *could* be dangerous for some people with AS. I know that we have people in various NASS member groups who run marathons, triathlons and the like. But that’s with medical advice. Running is a high-impact exercise and so might actually make things worse for you. Speak to your doctor, specialist – or the very best advice will be from your physiotherapist and find the best exercise for you.
The NASS Exercise page and app will give you some great ideas (swimming is a great choice if you’re able to for example) until you manage to get a more personalised plan in place. The key thing to remember is to keep moving, stretch as much as possible and try to keep flexible.
Don’t forget, May is Walk Your AS Off month for a reason. I talked about this back when I first started blogging, and it’s still true now. Walking is a great form of exercise that most people can do, it’s cheap, low impact, and really simple – you don’t even need any specialist kit! so for WYASO Day 3 (Song Challenge Day 2) I need a song with a number in the title. There’s only really one choice isn’t there? The Proclaimers!
Ethan’s Step Count
This Week: 18,213
Daily Ave: 9,106
To support Ethan’s WYASO team, the Orange Apples you can donate to their JustGiving Page, or go directly to the NASS website. Don’t worry if you don’t have any spare money, all I’d really like is for awareness of Ankylosing Spondylitis to be raised, talk about it, read about it, and keep your eyes open for the signs.