If you’re reading this and you have dyspraxia, you know exactly how that feels. So do I. My dyspraxia diagnosis didn’t arrive until I was 59. I’d already spent a lifetime feeling different, frustrated, incompetent, confused, and, worst of all, stupid. Except, deep down, I knew I wasn’t stupid. My ability with words and language demonstrated that. In that context, I was super-human; in the context of normal life though, I was sub-human. My schooldays were accidents waiting to happen – and … [Read more...] about How to accept your dyspraxia as part of yourself
As soon as I read the ‘Walk Faster’ headline, my soul revolts. Then I relent, but only marginally. I relent to the extent of acknowledging the good work Public Health England (PHE) has done in highlighting the ‘inactivity epidemic’ – and proposing walking as the antidote. That’s it though. As passionate an advocate of walking as I am, I do not believe that walking faster is the solution to our sedentary lifestyle. The only problem that walking faster is likely to solve is poor … [Read more...] about ‘Walk Faster’, says Public Health England. No, no, no!
Walking would seem to be the flavour of the day. Type that word into any search engine and you'll be rewarded with a gazillion choices from walking for health and fitness, to MP3 downloads for walkers, to walking tours of the world's greatest cities. But are we more interested in researching walking than doing it? Has walking fallen out of fashion? According to figures from Department of Transport surveys, an average person in England walks less than half a mile a day. That figure is … [Read more...] about Walking more: what could it do for us?