Everyone knows how important it is to take exercise. It is something nearly everyone takes for granted. Walk to the shops, maybe take the dog for a walk or even be a member of a running club. Like so many other people with progressive MS anything that expends a lot of energy is now a pipe dream for me.
Nowadays my exercise consists of walking a few hundred metres with my rollator a few times a week. It is a struggle to go out and sometimes the temptation to skip it is irresistible. The only way I can motivate myself is by doing a sponsored walk. Equally important it must be something that I can achieve but it must also require a commitment to achieve the goal.
Just telling myself to go out and do it is not enough. Instead I have to make a commitment to other people. So I do a sponsored walk every year.
In 2015 I walked the MS Mile. My local MS Therapy centre at Halton in the Chilterns celebrated its 30th anniversary by organising 30 walks each 1 mile long throughout September and it raised over £70,000. I took part; walking 1 mile in Berkhamsted. I raised £1,500 but a mile was just a bit too ambitious for me.
In 2016 I was more realistic and decided to walk 1 Km. Parallel London, started in 2016 provided the answer and I raised £1,100 for the Jubilee Sailing Trust.
In 2017 I am going to be doing the same walk with Parallel London but this time raising money for the Chilterns MS Therapy Centre. It is an extraordinary sanctury for people who suffer from MS.
Its a wonderful September day. Warm enough to wear shorts but not so hot to become a shade seeking missile. Three months of preparation and I had one hour to prove that I could do it. Yup, Sunday 13th September was the day when I was going to walk for one hour and you had […]
Lockdown and my world is changing. Still no one knows anything about the future. I knew I had to get out of the house and take some exercise to maintain my mental health plus I needed a goal. A sponsored walk. Perhaps I could organise it and do it, this would tick so many boxes. […]
On Sunday, 24 September I went to Battersea Park in London to take part in the MS society walk. I left the house at a 8:45, caught the train to Euston and arrived at the start just after 11. I had hoped to be there earlier. Getting to Battersea Park from Euston station by public […]
Well it’s another year and I am starting to think about one of my annual challenges. I like to have challenges. They have to be achievable and put me outside of my comfort zone. So time for another sponsored walk. The right distance In 2015 I had tried to walk a mile with my rollator […]
I had a wonderful sailing holiday Earlier this year in 2016 I had a wonderful sailing holiday. Click HERE to read about it. I signed up to go sailing with the JST (Jubilee Sailing Trust) on the Lord Nelson. It was a six day trip from Southampton to France and back to Southampton. Help me […]
Were the any benefits walking the MS mile? Definitely! On the 9th September I walked the MS mile. Definitely YES 🙂 I raised just over £ 1,700 for the Chilterns MS Therapy Centre I proved to myself I could walk three quarters of a mile even with a rollator :-)) Taking exercise on a regular basis, […]
After several weeks of training the big day arrived. 12 September, now it’s my turn to walk the MS Mile. Getting there My training was walking 100 yard lengths with my Rollator. I felt huge benefits from the exercise, I feel more positive and my balance is now so much better. I am now walking distances […]
Good exercise is something we all need to do. It gets those muscles working and it also makes me feel a whole lot better in mind and body. Since I signed up for the ‘Walk the MS Mile’ for the Chilterns MS Centre I have gone out nearly every day with my rollator pushing myself […]
I’m now training every evening. Getting fitter so I can walk the ‘MS Mile’. Training time Every evening at about 5 o’clock I’m out training, doing a walk with my rollator. I increase the distance every few days. D Day is Saturday 12 September and takeoff is at 11.00 outside M & S in Berkhamsted […]
On 12 September 2015 I will be walking 1,760 yards or 1 mile, to help the Chilterns MS Centre celebrate its 30th birthday. The Challenge Maybe you don’t think that is very far; for me it is one heck of a challenge. I have always liked a challenge, I’m definitely up for this one. The […]