Incremental Improvement

Frequent readers of this blog will know how I enjoy walking around Kings Langley Common. Of course, it has been getting more difficult. My physio visited last week and his message was that I could walk better, with some minor adjustments. The story got me thinking about how we can all make incremental improvements to deliver better performance. Of course, this way of thinking is what differentiates high achievers from others. All the details add up.

I tend to lean forward on my sticks, which means I walk on the balls of my feet. This leads to poor balance. Instead I need to walk taller and aim to strike my heel first. Easier said than done, because it feels like I can tip over backwards. I was given some exercises to help me stretch the calves, get used again to heel strike and being taller. It feels more comfortable. Today’s walk was made all the more pleasurable by the fact that the groundsman, Tony, had cut the grass on my circuit, by the blue sky and Autumn leaves.

While this blog is not a commercial platform, I will recommend my physio, Michael Shawe. Michael is taking the step of starting his own business ( in Hertfordshire and opens next week!

There is nothing like being encouraged to go further than you think you can, and to enjoy the incremental improvements. 


Author: Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

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