Share any tips or ideas that you have which make living with dyspraxia easier.(Please start a new thread for each tip)

Postby Brian » Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:15 pm

Page wrote:Sports does help with some of the symptoms.

About a year ago, I started to lift weights. The first few times were rather humiliating, but I eventually got to the point where I could perform nearly as well as everyone else. ( Bench press, squats, and arm curls are the most important things to focus on from my experience) I no longer have problems with fatigue and my endurance is as high as it has ever been. Unfortunately, it does not fix coordination issues, but I can live with that. getting access to a weight room costs money each month, but it's worth it to me. I also balance the weights with some cardio. (swimming is good)

I've also taken up gardening. Digging in the thick clay soil of Alabama with a shovel is also good exercise, and clearing a patch of ground the size of the average table top is enough to tire anyone out!

You have to be extremely careful with weights because they could a massive amount of damage to your body if not done correctly
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Postby Syrons » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:05 pm

After watching hours and hours of Tour De France, i become obessed and wanted to ride a bike. As it was summer, i got up at 5am. So no one would see me mess up and get out of breathe easily, also it let me concentrate on my awareness. I made so many mistakes, I wasn't going to let it get too me. The hardest thing for me, was being relaxed about cycling in the road. I do not really like cycling in the road in Colchester, for some reason. Soon as i am out of Colchester, I enjoy cycling in the road. I feel more comfortable and relaxed, for some reason :?.

Now I go on massive bike rides, i just wish i learnt early. If you look back know, all the time. Your going to be always fustrated, so there's no point thinking about the past, instead it's about trying to change things, in your life. That way means, your not just sitting there. Feeling fustrated, feeling worthless, having so much energy and doing nothing with it, and feeling out of touch with the world.

Today i did "Colchester to Harwich, there and back" overall 50 miles!!! with no mistakes. It's best to keep on the national cycle routes, that way means. You know where your going, plus fewer cars about. I hope to do Colchester To London with getting the train back, next year. Do not fancy this weather, on one long journey know! Plus cycling is a good pub stopper, certainly adds in the whole fun of it "I am a senisble drinker, I am not embrassed or feel uncomfortable about drinking a coke or j20 with also a few German beers!!".

So yes, that's my new love and I can't for wait for the summer already. As I do no like the winds, the dark nights and theres no motor racing... :twisted:
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Postby Thirteen-thirty-seven » Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:32 pm

:) Well done! And it's nice to see you back on the forum.
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Postby Hermionefan5 » Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:51 pm

I think doing sports helps me to cope with it. I am not really great at any particular sport, but I enjoy playing baseball, soccer and basketball because I can get any energy or hard feelings out on the sports field/court. I am not good at gymnastics because basically, I can't coordinate myself enough to do a backward roll or cartwheel. I also enjoy watching sports. I watch baseball a lot and I love watching the Olympics when it comes on. I also like volleyball matches.

I would like to try martial arts someday because I think it would just be another good outlet for me to deal with some of my feelings. I like sports because when I'm playing or watching them nothing else seems to matter very much. It's the same with writing, reading or music for me. I can play my saxophone or piano and not have to worry about the rest of the world's pressures.
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Postby Creative » Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:28 pm

I like swimming but I haven't been for ages. I'm going on holiday to a hotel at Christmas and they have a swimming pool so I should be able to go then.
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Postby kerrianne92 » Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:27 pm

I would like to try martial arts someday because I think it would just be another good outlet for me to deal with some of my feelings.

Ive been doing karate for over a year now and I found that it hysa improved my balance slightly, my confidence has got higher and Its a good way of getting rid of being annoyed, I just think about it while I do punches and it all seems to go away.

Depending on what your teacher is like will impact on how much it helps you...if it does at all.
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Postby Page » Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:48 am

Brian13 wrote:
You have to be extremely careful with weights because they could a massive amount of damage to your body if not done correctly

I know what you mean, but it's a risk I'm willing to take.

I've been taught proper form and technique, and I know not to exceed my limits.

Given the circumstances, it is my only option. Very low muscle tone has always been a problem for me. Before I started working out regularly, my physical condition was very poor and there were days where I seriously considered getting a wheelchair to help me get around university, since I couldn't walk very far without fatigue and pain. (I already had special parking accommodations at this time) Fortunately, I didn't go through with it. I got to know this guy in one of my classes who was a personal trainer at the on-campus gym, and I did an ongoing favor for him and in return he patiently trained me. (we met late at night when no one was around b/c I didn't want an audience) Over the next year, I got myself built back up to where I could function about as well as everyone else, though I currently seem to have plateaued. By the start of my last semester, I no longer needed to use my parking accommodation/disability placard on a daily basis, but I kept it around just in case.

I once stopped lifting for about a month, and during that time, I noticed that I started to get noticeably weaker again, much more so than what a non-dyspraxic person would experience. I now know that I have to exercise like my quality of life depends on it, because it does.
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