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Ken’s story: Why change doesn’t equal inactivity
Ken realised things had to change when he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye condition which causes progressive vision loss.
A keen sportsman all his life, Ken was determined to continue to stay active. His adapted techniques and the support he’s received means he doesn’t have to miss out. This is his story.
Watch Ken’s story
How to tandem cycle
There is lots of support out there for blind and partially sighted people who want to take up cycling. A tandem bike is used, with a sighted ‘pilot’ at the front to guide.
Tandem cycling is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors, with that bit of extra support. You don’t have to travel far either, you can start by cycling around nearby streets or in your local park. With a friend or guide on the front, you’ll always have someone to enjoy the ride with.
Whether you want to go for a light cycle round the block or really challenge yourself to a long-distance cycle, you will be able to improve your fitness and keep active.
How swimming can be adapted
Swimming is an activity that welcomes everyone, no matter your level of sight. Some blind and partially sighted people like to make their swimming journey more enjoyable by using a guide. The guide can ‘tap’ the swimmer to let them know when they are nearing the end of a lane.
You can also create your own techniques, by counting the number of strokes it takes for you to get from one end of the pool to the other.
Swimming is a great full body workout, whether you choose to go for a light swim, or set yourself a challenge. It’s the perfect way to set aside some focus time and relax.