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Even though medications help you control Ankylosing Spondylitis symptoms, exercise is just as important if you want to keep up your flexibility[1]

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.[1]

Benefits of exercise in Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Reduced pain and stiffness, good body flexibility and improved joint range of movement
  • Better body posture
  • Improved muscle strength and endurance
  • Improved balance
  • Improved lung capacity and cardiovascular fitness
  • 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.[2][3]

Exercises that can be included in your daily routine are:[2][3]

  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Walking
  • Recumbent stationery cycling or cycling
  • Circuit training for full body workout: A combination of stretching, strengthening and cardiovascular exercise
  • Core stability exercises
  • Yoga
  • 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:[3]

  • Breathing exercises
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Mobility exercises
  • Cardiovascular exercises
  • Strengthening exercises

Ask your Rheumatologist for biologics that slow down spinal fusion.


  1. Exercise classes. National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society. Available [online] at URL: on 9th June 2017
  2. Exercise for your AS. National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society. Available [online] at URL: on 8th June 2017
  3. Back to Action. NAAS. Available [Online] at: on 7 May 2019
Disclaimer: This is a graphical representation of an Ankylosing Spondylitis patient. Always seek medical advice from your Rheumatologist/Physiotherapist before undertaking any physical activity.


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