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Find out more about ankylosing spondylitis, the ways to manage it and all helpful resources

Running with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Running may not be a physical activity for everyone with ankylosing spondylitis. The high impact of this exercise can cause extra stress on the joints of the legs and the spine. However, many people not only find running beneficial but clearly develop a passion for it! If you want to run with AS these are our top tips:

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Coping with fatigue in ankylosing spondylitis

‘Everyone gets tired’, I’m sure you’ve heard this annoying comment so many times. But chronic and long-term fatigue in ankylosing spondylitis isn’t like tiredness. It can really wear you down and leave you feeling absolutely drained. It can last for days or weeks at a time and no amount of sleep or rest will relieve it. Some people describe it as overwhelming. Unfortunately, fatigue is common among people with AS and there’s a big chance you will experience it at some point.

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Technology for improving your health and fitness

Technology can provide really useful tools for improving your health and fitness and, importantly, can help you track your progress to help maintain your motivation. It can also be really helpful when managing a condition like ankylosing spondylitis to limit symptoms you experience and monitor them. I’d like to share some apps that may be useful for you to improve your health and work towards your goals.

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Arthritis?! Isn’t that for old people? Well, no… My experience with ankylosing spondylitis

I felt like a huge weight came off my chest after making this video. It is important to be open and frank about the challenges we face. I hope to inspire others that suffer from any conditions to keep pushing and to not let it dictate them as a person. Climbing has become such a big part of my identity not only because of how fun it is, but also as a constant reminder that I have managed to persevere beyond what I thought capable of.

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 Exercise

Find your ways to be active for your ankylosing spondylitis

Changing life through Zumba!

Life is full of unexpected things. Sometimes the unexpected can change your whole attitude towards the world in a good or a bad way. To my relief, having AS didn’t mean I had to give up dancing and along the way I also discovered something that changed my life: Zumba.

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Running with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Running may not be a physical activity for everyone with ankylosing spondylitis. The high impact of this exercise can cause extra stress on the joints of the legs and the spine. However, many people not only find running beneficial but clearly develop a passion for it! If you want to run with AS these are our top tips:

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Never giving up with ankylosing spondylitis

It all started 7 years ago, I was in a lot of pain, so much pain! I was at home hosting my brother’s birthday party and I couldn’t hide the pain any longer. I went to my bedroom and closed the door, thinking and wishing that I will be better after some stretching. I got on the floor and then I couldn’t move, I couldn’t get back on my feet, even breathing hurt, I tried to scream for help, but the pain was too much plus the door was closed and the crowd was too far from me.

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Technology for improving your health and fitness

Technology can provide really useful tools for improving your health and fitness and, importantly, can help you track your progress to help maintain your motivation. It can also be really helpful when managing a condition like ankylosing spondylitis to limit symptoms you experience and monitor them. I’d like to share some apps that may be useful for you to improve your health and work towards your goals.

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 Management

Information on managing your ankylosing spondylitis.

Coping with fatigue in ankylosing spondylitis

‘Everyone gets tired’, I’m sure you’ve heard this annoying comment so many times. But chronic and long-term fatigue in ankylosing spondylitis isn’t like tiredness. It can really wear you down and leave you feeling absolutely drained. It can last for days or weeks at a time and no amount of sleep or rest will relieve it. Some people describe it as overwhelming. Unfortunately, fatigue is common among people with AS and there’s a big chance you will experience it at some point.

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Basic stretches to get you going every day

Exercising is one of the most important things you can do for your ankylosing spondylitis, that’s nothing new, we’ve done an article on this before.

The simplest and one of the most beneficial ways to get you moving is stretching. Simple stretches can help you reduce pain and stiffness, improve your posture and overall wellbeing. In the long term, it can help your spine to remain mobile. Don’t underestimate them.

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Smoking with ankylosing spondylitis? The worst idea ever!

Nowadays, it’s a widely accepted fact that smoking tobacco is harmful to your health in so many ways. In fact, an estimated 80,000 people die each year from diseases caused by smoking in the UK alone. Several scientific research studies have found tobacco smoking can worsen your ankylosing spondylitis, especially if you’re one of the heavy smokers.

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Exercises for AS on the go!

Back to Action is an exercise programme designed for people with AS. 

It has been created by physiotherapists working with NASS, the exercise therapists and doctors who treat military personnel with AS at Headley Court.

It uses the most up to date knowledge from the fields of physiotherapy and sports medicine.

You can download our Back to Action App for free from

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