Benefits of exercise

exercise benefits

Along with your current treatment programme, regular, moderate exercise offers a whole host of benefits, including:

  • Reduces your joint pain and stiffness
  • Maintain good posture and mobility of the spine 
  • Strengthens the muscles, ligaments and cartilage around your joints
  • Strengthen the postural muscles which help keep you up straight, and improve your breathing and chest expansion. 
  • Helps you maintain bone strength and quality
  • Increases your joint range of motion and joint mobility
  • Improves your balance
  • Gives you more strength and energy to get through the day
  • Helps you control your weight
  • Makes it easier to get a good night's sleep
  • Makes you feel better about yourself and improves your sense of well-being
  • Improves your ability to manage stress
  • Reduces the risk of other chronic conditions
  • Promotes stronger heart and lungs
  • Lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol

Exercise tips:

  • You should do some specific exercise for your axSpA everyday. Consistency is the key to gaining maximum benefit. 
  • Remember, everyone is different and can manage different activity levels. 
  • At least 30 minutes of specific exercise should be done each day, targeting different parts of the body and different movement, ensuring the whole body is stretched and moved daily. 
  • The best exercise programs are individually tailored. A physiotherapist can help deign a program to meet your specific needs. 
  • Activities and sports that improve your general fitness are an important inclusion in your total management plan.