Chilling Out With AS: Winter Workouts That Won't Freeze You Up

Hey there, winter warriors!

As the chilly season continues, you may find yourself wondering how to keep your joints happy and mobile while braving the cold with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Fear not! I'm here to provide you with a wealth of exercise tips and strategies that will help you stay active and upbeat throughout the winter months.

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Indoor swimming: the aqua advantage

Let's dive right into the magic of indoor pools. Swimming is like a super power giving crystal for individuals with AS. It offers a low-impact workout that gently supports your joints, enabling a full-body exercise without any harsh movements. Picture yourself in a heated pool, happily splashing around while the world outside battles an ice age. Indoor swimming or water aerobics is a wonderful way to keep moving and stay warm!

Yoga: bend it like a snowy tree

Another excellent option for individuals with AS is yoga. This ancient practice focuses on flexibility and strength, providing a warm escape from the frosty outdoors. Yoga can be instrumental in maintaining a good range of motion in your spine, offering a zen-like experience that leaves you feeling limber rather than stiff and creaky. Embrace the snowy season like a graceful aspen tree!

Pilates: core work made cozy

If you're seeking to strengthen your core (which is crucial for individuals with AS), Pilates is your go-to exercise. This low-impact workout places emphasis on alignment and balance while being conducted indoors, allowing you to regulate the temperature. Soothe your body and mind with Pilates, providing vital support for your joints and enhancing overall stability. The more stable you are, the less strain you put on your spine. Get ready to face winter with a strong, resilient core!

Walking: mall marching with a mission

Now, bear with me on this one. Although walking might sound mundane, it all depends on where you choose to walk. Consider heading to your local mall for some invigorating window-shopping steps. (or reminiscing about when these windows once had displays) This bustling hub of energy offers a warm and dynamic environment, allowing you to sneak in some cardiovascular exercise while scouting the latest sales. And, I don’t know about you, but my local malls now offer Pickleball Games, so if you are into trying that...See what your local malls offer if they don’t offer much shopping. Turn your mall visit into a mission for wellness!

Strength training: light weights, lasting impact

Last but not least, let's not underestimate the power of strength training. But don't worry, I'm not suggesting you lift heavy barbells or engage in overly strenuous activities. Instead, focus on using light weights or resistance bands to work your muscles gently while providing support to your joints. The best part? Strength training can be done from the comfort of your own home, shielded from the harsh winter winds. Embrace the benefits of strength-based exercises and maintain muscle strength throughout the season.

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Winter workouts that won't freeze you up

So there you have it— a comprehensive set of exercise ideas to keep you and your AS in check throughout the winter. Remember, it's essential to consult with your doctor or physical therapist before starting any new workout routine to ensure that it aligns with your personal health journey.

Stay warm, keep moving, and most importantly, maintain a positive mindset. Together, we can conquer anything winter throws our way!

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