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How to Power Through The Day With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Medically Reviewed by Jabeen Begum, MD on November 18, 2021

People with ankylosing spondylitis can engage in various forms of physical activity. Research has shown that you can get rid of fatigue, pain, and stiffness and also improve mobility by being physically active. 

Your performance in exercise may be affected by your symptoms. Despite this obvious challenge, though, it is possible to live with ankylosing spondylitis and be physically fit. As a matter of fact, the factors found to inhibit participation in physical activity are general (like unavailability of resources, negative attitude, and lack of knowledge) and not specific to patients. 

It is, therefore, crucial to your overall health and wellbeing to make the most of your exercise. The goal of the exercise is to relieve you of the symptoms. The best way for you to achieve this goal is through a combination of physical activity and medication. 

It will help to have an occupational therapist you can talk to about your exercise recommendations. Based on your current routine, you can create a 24-hour log of how you feel and respond to various physical activities. Since the severity of symptoms may be felt most in the morning, you may find that easing into the day with mild-to-moderate intensity activities helps you power through the hours.

To maximize the benefits of physical activity, self-monitored plans tailored to your specific needs are recommended. You can achieve this through personal motivation and the expectation of a healthy life that arises from observing an active lifestyle. You may also find that engaging in activities that you like may encourage you to stay active. 

For instance, if you enjoy playing with your kids, that may be an ideal way of meeting your daily physical activity needs. By making the most of the time you can exercise, you increase your chances of being consistently active, which then improves your condition in the long term. 

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SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: “Taming High Disease Activity in Early Ankylosing Spondylitis.”

HealthCentral: “10 Tips for Getting Through the Workday With AS.”

Rheumatology Advances in Practice: “Living with ankylosing spondylitis: an open response survey exploring physical activity experiences.”

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