Daily Exercise Routine

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Benefits of exercise in Ankylosing Spondylitis1

 

Even though medications help you control Ankylosing Spondylitis symptoms, exercise is just as important if you want to keep up your flexibility.

A physiotherapist can design a program that will help enhance your movement and flexibility. Always consult your physiotherapist as they are the experts to recommend the appropriate exercises.

 

bennefits-of-exercise

Reduced pain and stiffness
Good body flexibility
Improved joint range of movement

Improved muscle

Improved muscle strength and endurance

Improved balance

Improved balance

Improved sleep

Improved sleep quality

The right treatment, regular exercise and adequate lifestyle modifications will help you get back your life!

 

Your exercise routine should include a warm up and cool down.7 Exercises that can be included in your daily routine are:

deep-breathing-exercise

Deep breathing exercises

walking-exercise

Walking

cycling

Recumbent stationary cycling or cycling

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combination-exercise

Circuit training for full body work-out: A combination of stretching, strengthening and cardiovascular exercise

core-stability

Core stability exercises

yoga

Yoga

swimming

Swimming

Ankylosing Spondylitis Exercises

Planning and structuring your exercise routine will help you improve different aspects of your fitness. Each exercise schedule should comprise of the following components:

  • Breathing
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Cardiovascular
  • Strengthening

 

 

References: 
1. Exercise classes. National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society. Available [online] at URL: http://nass.co.uk/exercise/exercise-classes/ Accessed on 9th June 2017.
2. Exercise for your AS. National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society. Available [online] at URL:http://nass.co.uk/exercise/exercise-for-your-as/ Accessed on 8th June 2017.
3. Back to action. Available [online] at : https://nass.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Back-to-Action-low-resolution-version.pdf. Accessed on 14 December 2018.

Disclaimer:This is a graphical representation of an Ankylosing Spondylitis patient. Always seek medical advice from your Rheumatologist/Physiotherapist before undertaking any physical activity.