Walk Your A.S. Off

Let’s  circle the globe in steps made in the name of Ankylosing Spondylitis before World AS Day on May 5th!

We can get moving too! Let’s have some fun and do something good for ourselves at the same time.

Starting March 1st, 2012 we get moving and “Walk our AS’s off!” We need to stay active to keep our joints working as well as possible. Most people with Spondylitis benefit from regular exercise. The trick is that we don’t do too much. Walking is a fantastic form of low impact exercise – so let’s get moving!



No registering. No fundraising. No strings!


It’s easy to participate. Here’s how…

Form Teams:
Please form teams of any size and share your team name here on the Walk Your AS Off Facebook Page. Since we’ll be tracking our steps from March 1st to May 5th please try to get your team ready to log steps starting on Launch day. A team captain should be appointed to log individual contributions from each week. The team weekly total will be then reported on the FB page for us to track all weekly steps.

Keep track of every step:
With a pedometer you can easily track how many steps you take every day without even thinking about it. Below are some links to pedometers in a price range from $6 – $75. A simple and inexpensive pedometer will do the trick and keep you from the guess work of calculating how many steps you take per mile. For many of us we will do the best we can but on some days it may only be the steps you take around the house. That’s fine. Your steps count as much as someone else’s ability to log 10,000 on a regular basis (that’s a lot of daily steps.) This isn’t just for people with a form of Spondylitis, anyone can join and support a team to help us to our million step challenge.

Why take the challenge?
There are so many good reasons to get moving and walk but by joining together as a community we show we work hard to stay as healthy as possible and that it is a difficult endeavor for us to do so. This is a small grassroots effort but perhaps next year after we show the world that we can do this, we can turn it into something that helps us raise money for a cure! A cure is always our goal. As people with Spondylitis and the friends and family who support us we need to take action and find ways to get to that goal. By participating simply because it is good for us – we take a stance as a community. By participating we work to build something that helps us take concrete steps to our eventual big goal – a cure for AS.

If you have any questions please feel free to leave them on our Facebook wall or in the comments section below. Or check out our FAQ for answers to many questions. Happy walking!

*Before beginning any new exercise program, consult your physician or physical therapist. They can help provide modifications to suit your particular needs. Ask which exercises you should do and then check to see that you are doing them correctly.


Download this Step Log to track your daily steps and report your week end total eachMonday to your team captain.

Excel Step Logs

Team Tracker

Individual Step Log


Some Good Information to take a look at or share with your team members.

Pedometers on Amazon

Arthritis Today article on benefits of walking

Frequently Asked Questions


T-Shirts and Walk Gear Available too!



Walk Your A.S. Off - Get Ready! shirt

Make a promotional travel mug online with Zazzle

7 comments for “Walk Your A.S. Off

  1. Jacquie
    February 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Our Tucson, AZ group is in!  We meet Thursday and a name will be selected!  How do we now go about this?

    • February 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      Hi Jacquie – that is wonderful! Here is a link to our description and FAQ if there are any questions you have please feel free to email us – the email is in the document. 

  2. Luis R Lopez
    February 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    It would be nice to have a spanish version for my spanish speaking folks who have A.S. as I do, in Facebook  “Espondilitis Anquilosante en Español” 

    • February 29, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Hi Luis,
      What a great idea. Hopefully when next year rolls around we can have a Spanish translation. For this year that is very difficult since this is such a small community based volunteer effort.

      I hope to have you join us.


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