Thursday, April 4, 2013

Taking Up Exercising

As the days are getting warmer and longer, I am taking up exercising.

Ten years or so ago, my work meant a day of walking. I could walk up to twenty miles per day, including eight miles just walking to and from work, four miles each way, because I didn't have a car and no public transport was around at five in the morning or after six in the evening.

Since having my stroke last September, I got lazy. Riding the local free bus on my one early finishing afternoon at work and the other days riding in the car too and from work.

I did get a treadmill, and use it, but not for long enough to do much real good.

Since my application for a Guide Dog is still progressing and as a part of the training I must be able to walk for a few hours per day. I have decided to increase my exercise levels considerably.

I can comfortably walk about three miles at present. The distance across town to Starbucks and back home.

I bought a small pedometer and set myself a minimum of 2,000 paces per day this first week. This is a simple goal and it is easily beaten, so far this week my average is just over 5,000 paces. At my pace measurement one mile is about 2,900 paces. So I am walking under two miles per day during the week.  I plan to raise this level to about 10,000 paces per day by the end of May, just about five miles.

With lengthening days that should be very achievable.

I will keep you posted as to my progress.

Anyone out there have any suggestions for keeping up on exercise regimes?


  1. Hi William! I just watched your YouTube video explaining how to change the tip of your white cane without having a conniption, which I greatly appreciated. I believe we also use the same Europa model of collapsible cane.

    As it turns out, I am a certified personal trainer and inclusive fitness trainer and I am so pleased to see that you have such good, concrete goals for your walking progress! That is music to the ears of a fitness professional who often works with very sedentary visually impaired people. I will suggest that you add some resistance training to your conditioning regimen, as it will help your muscles get stronger more quickly. I cannot recommend squats and deadlifts enough. Your legs will become so strong so fast, you won't know yourself. Find a trainer who has education and experience working with visually impaired people if you worry about good technique.

    Many of my clients (and myself for that matter!) enjoy taking ballet classes at the barre, as once you understand the name of a movement, you can replicate it. It is a wonderful way to move your body in all directions without getting disoriented. I also enjoy Bikram yoga, because the order of poses is always the same and the instructor explains the poses verbally in very clear, useful ways. Good luck with getting fit and I hope you get the guide dog that you want.

    1. Hello Mrs Washburn, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, I appreciate that very much.

      Yes I have found that many physical therapuists are a little uncertain about helping blind people too. In October last year I was in hospital for three weeks and in physical therapy there I made myself available to help any of the therapists to learn about blindness, things such as using stairs and walking around with a white cane. I think we both gained a lot from each other.

      Thanks for the suggestions, they will help as I get fitter I think.

      Thank you for the review of the cane tip changing video. I am glad that you found it useful. Please feel free to pass it on to others if you feel that it would help them too.


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