A few years ago I discovered that I could overcome shuffle-walking by counting my steps. I had to count continuously, but as long as I did, my walking improved. I also figured out that when I found myself shuffle-walking, if I stopped, reset my stride, relaxed my hands and told myself to take a big step, I could walk normally; even if only for a few strides. I still do this!
Then two years ago I learned about John Pepper and his conscious walking technique. The intent is the same but Pepper focuses on the physical process… lengthening the stride, placing the foot down heel-to-toe, and so on.
In my experience, both techniques are effective, but my challenge is maintaining my focus. You see, one of the symptoms I experience is brain fog. I lose concentration very easily and have, since years before I began developing the classic symptoms of parkinson’s.
Recently, I discovered that when I clap my hands periodically while counting my steps my walking improves enormously! So every tenth step, I clap my hands! The first time I tried it, I took over 3200 steps without breaking stride. And it has helped enormously the last couple of days when it was quite windy and I didn’t feel very good [I was in an intense fight or flight state!].
The benefits of this counting/clapping technique are threefold: it improves my walking, it improves my focus and it helps keep me from clenching my hands.
A friend once said to me, “Every day is a school day!” And that is how I feel with this health experience. Quite frequently, a challenge I’m facing leads me to an insight; a new understanding, a new technique! It makes this experience far more interesting and far more bearable!
Wishing you a tranquil day!