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Daily Exercise Routine

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 exercise

  • Walking

  • Recumbent stationary cycling or cycling

  • Circuit training for full body work-out: 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


  1.  Exercise classes. National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society. Available [online] at URL: Accessed on 20th Sep 2021

  2. Exercise for your AS. National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society. Available [online] at URL: Accessed on 20th Sep 2021

  3. Back to Action. NAAS. Available [Online] at: Accessed on 20th Sep 2021

Disclaimer: This material is not meant to replace professional advice from HCPs. Please consult your doctors/physiotherapist if you have any questions or before undertaking any physical activities.