Let's face it, while
dancing is great exercise, it's not much fun alone. However, dancing
with dog toys is great fun and good exercise for balance. I do it about
30 minutes each morning - that's around 3,500 steps on my phone's step
Dancing With Dog Toys
A Fun Exercise!
By Steve Williamson (c) 2019
Plus, I start my day feeling good. You can dance outdoors or
inside - even in your kitchen or living room. You don't even need a dog (but dancing is more fun with a friend!)
Watch Dancing With Dog Toys on YouTube!
If you are under the care of a medical professional show them this video before beginning. I am 68 years old and I used a cane to
walk for over 15 years. I have had 7 surgeries for nerve
decompression from an inherited form of polyneuropathy. I don't have
normal feeling in my feet or hands. I also have severe spinal stenosis. Dancing with dog toys really helps my pain. It's great for both exercise and improving balance.'
A few years ago I was stumbling, my
balance was lousy. My doctor sent me to a physical therapist
who helped me a lot. However, the first couple of sessions were really
depressing. I had to step inside a bunch of little square boxes and I failed miserably!
One night I was very frustrated. I love the outdoors and I feared that
my hiking days with my dog would be over. Then, I heard a squeak. It was
my dog chewing on one of his plastic squeaker toys. My dog has a bunch
of toys because Rite Aid sells them two for a dollar. I have to step
over them around the house.
I grabbed a handful of his plastic squeaker toys and spread them out on
the kitchen floor. Using my cane, I began to step around them. I spread
them out in irregular patterns - like real obstacles. The silliness of
it made me laugh. It was fun - and challenging. I did boxing as a youth
and that gave me ideas for my footwork.
At first I stepped on
the squeaker toys almost every time! But, pretty soon I was able to move
around them - and then to dance! I started with six dog toys on the kitchen floor. Now I have about 30 dog toys in
my backyard (total cost $15). After about a year of dancing with
dog toys I no longer needed a cane for most walks.
You can spread the toys out about 18 inches to 3 feet apart, or whatever
is a good distance for you. The toys look like small
hamburgers and hotdogs. They are different shapes and sizes because the
world confronts us with different shapes and sizes of obstacles. You can
also put them out in rough lines to step around.
An Exercise For the Real World
Dancing with dog toys is a good,
fun exercise for walking in the real world. That means stepping AROUND
obstacles like potholes, broken glass and dog poop. Often we don't see
these until we are about to step in them. It
retrained my legs and feet to move quickly to avoid some of life's
I like to put on some good music and simply start walking around and
then, dancing. Start off with a slow tempo and build up to faster music
and more complex steps. I usually do between 3,000 - 5,000 steps each
morning. Ten minutes of dancing with dog toys is about 1,000 steps on a smart phone counter.
Please avoid becoming too overly confident like
me - I badly sprained my ankle when doing it barefoot and also gave myself a painful case of plantar fasciitis! Now, I wear shoes
and ankle supports. I'm a senior with an aging body, not a ballet dancer. We have to be careful doing any
exercise. I also use KT athletic tape on my knees.
If you don't want to exercise alone, then dance over to your local
animal shelter and meet a furry forever friend who will be happy to have
squeaker toys and go on walks with you. Thanks so much for watching!
If you are under the care of a medical professional, show them this video before attempting Dancing with Dog Toys!
(c) 2019 Steve Williamson
About Steve Williamson
Steve Williamson was born in 1951 and grew up in Lickskillet Louisiana.
He loved to read as a youth, often disappearing for hours into
the woods with his dog and books. He worked railroad
construction while at Louisiana State University. In 1975 he
moved to Cottage Grove, Oregon.
In 1994, Steve founded the Opal Whiteley
Memorial in Cottage Grove. Opal Whiteley was a best-selling nature
writer in 1920 who grew up near Cottage Grove. Steve was later asked by the University of
Oregon to assist in publishing Opal Whiteley's best-selling diary
online. He collected dozens of historical photographs of the
people and places Opal wrote about. The UO graciously provided
support for his work as research assistant through a courtesy
appointment. You can view his photos and read the research at the website below.
For almost twenty years he has shown his historic photos
and news articles at the Oregon Asian Celebration. Steve has written many articles on Oregon history. See his website: www.storiesbysteve.com
Steve worked for over 25 years with
people who have autism and other psychiatric disabilities.
He has also been
been an advocate for the Association For Retarded Citizens
(ARC), and the Oregon Mental Health Association. Steve has
also given trainings in abuse reporting and client rights. He
had to quit work because of chronic pain. BUT, at least he can
still dance with dog toys!
Quit Smoking and Lose Weight!
Steve smoked cigarettes for over forty years. In 2012 his doctor got him to quit!
Many smokers don't quit because they fear gaining weight. This method will work.
Steve used nicotine replacement therapies to both quit smoking AND lose weight
Read his story and pass it along to anyone you know who smokes (or vapes!)
Dancing With Dog Toys In 2015
Watch my video when I was on opioid pain pills & weighed 175
Now, in 2019 I have been off pain pills for over 3 years and I weigh 40 lbs more!
PS: Like millions of other people I am a chronic pain
patient. I was prescribed opioid pain pills for
over 15 years with no problems. Now, I have been off pain pills over 3
years and gained 40 pounds! I am weaker and no
longer able to work. These videos are the proof. Pain pills were miracle drugs for me.
It's sad watching the videos from 2015, when I was on opioid pain
pills, and 2019, after being off medications for three years. I'm a
lot slower. But, Dancing with Dog Toys still helps me deal with my pain and my balance.
The "War on Opioids" has also been a war on chronic
pain and cancer patients. Thousands of patients in pain have killed
themselves either intentionally or by accidentally overdosing on illegal
Heroin or Fentanyl which they turn to for pain relief after being cut
off from their doctor's prescriptions.
This war is destroying trust between doctors and their patients. Mother
Nature is making more chronic pain patients everyday with
accidents, diseases and cancer. You, or someone you love, may be the
next patient. Shouldn't we have access to real pain relief? Think about
it ... and don't forget to dance!