5 Tips for Beating Ankylosing Spondylitis Fatigue

When you’re on your last thread, working out is likely the furthest thing from your mind. Still, regular workouts can help improve energy levels and flexibility over time.

Exercise is also important for keeping your bones strong against osteoporosis, a disease that AS patients are at an increased risk of developing later in life.

Start with short walks and work your way up to longer, higher intensity exercises. Swimming is a great exercise for people with AS. Also, you may find it easier to fall asleep at night if you’ve worked out that day. Just make sure not to exercise too late in the evening as it can actually disrupt your sleep.

 

Outlook

Because there’s no cure for AS, fighting related symptoms requires diligence. If you frequently don’t have enough energy to make it through the day, it may be time to reanalyze your current treatment plan with your doctor.

A different approach to treating AS may be enough to keep fatigue at bay. Above all else, remain positive and calm: Stress only adds to feelings of tiredness. So cut yourself some slack as you aim for more rest.

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