JointHealth™ express   October 3, 2013

Stretching 101 with ankylosing spondylitis athlete Helgi Olafson

Helgi Olafson, an endurance athlete living with ankylosing spondylitis, shares some of his favourite stretching exercises with our community.

Helgi is the founder of The Helgi Olafson Foundation, an organization committed to making a difference in the lives of ankylosing spondylitis and arthritis patients by raising awareness and funds for autoimmune arthritis research.

We sat down with Helgi in August and asked him to tell us about his story and how he’s inspiring others to stay active. Helgi completed Ironman Canada 2013 this summer in Whistler and ranked 369th overall out of 2171 participants. He came in at 1:11:43 for the 2.4 mile swim in Alta Lake at Rainbow Park; followed by 5:24:00 for the one-loop and 112-mile long bike course; and, finished at 4:08:18 for the two-loop run course through the Valley Trail past Lost Lake and Green Lake and ending at the Whistler Olympic Plaza. Helgi attributes his success to the stretching exercises he does before he engages in physical activity. Please click here to view the video.

The material contained in this video is for general information only. This video should not be relied on to suggest a course of treatment for a particular individual or as a substitute for consultation with qualified health professionals who are familiar with your individual medical needs. Should you have any health care related questions, you should contact your physician.