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.
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We’re half way through the #keepinitreal week folks. Today’s a good day, I’m starting work a bit later than usual (as I’m in until 9) and so I’ve had time to let my tablets get to work, done my physio exercises without rushing and picked up my new suit. The shoes to go with it arrived last night. It was going to be two suits, but the second one didn’t fit my hump. (My actual chest size is 38″, I usually have to buy a 40″, but the salesman told me I’d need a 42″ in the style I wanted. That just looked huge on my waist – and they didn’t have any left in the beige that I ordered.)
Online shopping is great, but if your body varies from the standard there’s only so much that a tailor can do. It’s similar to the issue that women face with their arbitrary 12, 14, 16 etc… type sizes. At least with men’s clothes it’s inches or cm. It’s the first time I’ve shopped online for a suit, and will have to be the last too.
But today however, the sun is shining (vitamin D is good for the bones), I’m listening to some happy music, and the new suit looks rather smart. I’m hoping that your day’s looking good too! Continue reading “#keepinitreal – Day 4”
I’ve spoken a lot about moving, exercise and physiotherapy. And I stand by my advice to speak to your specialist and physio for dedicated exercises to help you if you’re a fellow Ankylosaur. But what if you’re not? Or what if you’ve let your exercises slide? NASS (the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society) have created an app for that. It’s called Back to Action and it’s rather good. I mentioned it last year, but I think that it’s something that needs revisiting every so often to remind people. Android users can find it on the Google Play Store. iPhone users have … Continue reading Oh Appy Day