Jogging with AS

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Hello everyone and thanks for letting me join your nice forum

I have had AS for several years now, a bit of a curvy spine but now on Humira which

is amazing, I am still active (touch wood) and due to the Humira pain free.

I like to road cycle for fitness but I feel its getting a bit dangerous and would prefer to jog, unsure as to whether this would be good for the AS, has anyone on here any experience of jogging with our condition?

Many thanks

Jason

 

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    I'm going to follow this feed as I'd love an answer too. I'm on Enbrell and it's given me my life back, I'm in the gym working on strength but am waiting to see a Physio to work on how to start jogging again. I do a lot of rock climbing which is great for building up your core strength and improving flexibility. I would recommend getting into that.

    Glad to hear the anti TNF is working for you! Good luck with it all

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    Pounding the pavement may not be a good idea long term.  Staying active is the best thing for AS, though.  A physical therapist could give you better advice, if the PT really understands AS.  From personal experience, I have had to cut out  the high impact aerobic classes.  Tendonitis and AS go hand in hand (I have experienced calf tendonitis and shoulder impingement as a result of trying to exercise 5 days a week.) I do free weights, spin and practice yoga.  I used to walk for exercise but am not able

    to because of the AS.    I am currently taking curcumin for inflammation but know I

    need more than that since my psoriatic arthritis (can go hand in hand with AS) is progressing.  Good luck to you.  One last exercise that is good....swimming.

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    I would tend to avoid any impact excercise. 
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    Hi Jason,

    Welcome! I'm happy to hear of your success with biologics.

    I have been informed by PTs, Sports Medicine specialists, an Orthopedic surgeon, and several AS informed rheumatologists to avoid all high impact excercises. They have been unanimous that any form of running can do the most damage and cause much long term pain. Specific to me: never again run, jog or play tennis. This was a hard hit in my 20s. In the past 25 years I've played a couple brief tennis matches and light sprinting while playing with my puppy. Pain cut it short every time (no anti-TNFs). Today, I am very glad I followed instructions 99% of the time. Please look into something you can enjoy long term with less impact on the spine.

    On a separate note, I want to mention another experience AS presents for me... After spending days or more being limited by pain, nothing meets the joy I have for a new pain free day. Sometimes I can feel akin to a wild animal being released from a trap. And I over do it. I need to try to stay mindful and reel myself in to avoid injuries.

    I wish you great success in good health!

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    Hi Jason,

    ?  I was an active runner years ago when my back first started acting up.  The constant pounding was not good for the lumbar back.  It would aggravate the inflammation and lead to muscle spasming.   I now try to walk but even that often gets limited by pain and stiffness.  The commonly accepted wisdom is that swimming is the best activity for AS sufferers but I have never really gotten into swimming even though I have a pool in my back yard.  Go figure.

    ?  Amazing that you guys are having such success with the biologics.  That is wonderful.  Stay as active as you can.  It's the best thing for you.

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    Thanks for all your replies - very much appreciated

    It looks like jogging is out so will stick to cycling and start doing some gym work, I like the idea of the climbing wall to keeo supple

    I am still skiing - anyone else ski here?

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      I had to chuckle when you asked if anyone skied....I know there are people in their mid 60s who are that active but I am not one of them.  Sounds like you are very fit from the description of your activities...keeping flexible is the key to managing AS so keep it up!  Just listen to your body and don't overdo it.  How long have you been on Humira?

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