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Top tips for running with axial SpA (AS)

This information is for anyone with axial spondyloarthritis (axial SpA) including people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS)

Check out our 10 tips for runners with axial SpA (AS)

  1. Get advice from your physiotherapist and make sure you share your physiotherapist’s advice with your gym instructor, personal trainer or running partner
  2. Buy the best running trainers you can afford
  3. Make sure you replace your running trainers regularly
  4. Start gently. The NHS Couch to 5k programme offers great advice on getting started
  5. Try to run on softer surfaces rather than pounding the tarmac
  6. Don’t overdo it. Pre-plan using a tool like Map My Run
  7. Listen to your body and cut back on your training if you flare
  8. Try running in a pool. Water provides greater resistance and reduces stress on joints
  9. Avoid using a treadmill as it can encourage a  damaging ‘pounding action.’ If you use a treadmill try walking uphill instead of running
  10. Don’t forget your daily stretches

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