Exercise

Get moving for your AS!

parkrun for people with ankylosing spondylitis

Parkruns are fun and sociable opportunities for people with ankylosing spondylitis to participate in some physical activity. They are free 5k events, coordinated entirely by local volunteers, that take place every Saturday morning in 540 parks and open spaces across the UK. Parkrun is open to everyone and is whatever you want it to be – you can walk, run or volunteer – and each event finishes with a chat and a cuppa. 

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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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Russ journey to eat, sleep and breath Zumba

Russ Welch is 35 years young, he’s been Zumba instructor for over a year now and still learning. He was born deaf and as a result he’s 85% deaf in both ears. He also has ankylosing spondylitis which affects and can limit the movement in his back.
‘My health has always been at the forefront of my difficulties, but I seem to manage well in my classes now due to Zumba enhancing my flexibility, I am surprisingly 10 cm’s more bendy!’ 

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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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Game of Flows: a sequence to help you regain the Iron Throne

This is not a happy, light-hearted yoga practice that will bring peace and rainbows to your heart. Oh no. This super-short sequence is about death, madness, betrayal and manifesting whatever you damn well please. And wargs. With the season finale of “Game of Thrones” looming, you need to get into the right place, and that place is less zen studio and more cold, dark dungeon full of reincarnated dead people and pissed off dragons.

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