Grit Doctor: Small steps will be necessary, if the problem is really a confidence issue
Hold her hand if and when necessary. Ask her, ‘what’s the worst that can happen?’
Q: I am trying to convince a good friend about the benefits of running. She has weight issues and confidence issues and is generally pretty unhealthy and I just know that running would do wonders for her. But her excuse is, and she is convinced of this, that she can’t run because of her co-ordination issues and that she doesn’t trust herself not to trip over. Surely this is nonsense?
A: There may actually be some truth in this. There is a serious medical condition – Ataxia – which occurs when communication between the brain and the rest of the body has been disrupted, causing jerky, unsteady movements which would have a profound effect on your friend’s day-to-day activities.
Which is why I suspect if your friend had this condition, you would know about it. More common, and perhaps more likely in your friend’s case, is that she is suffering from dyspraxia, which can also have a big impact on both gross and fine motor skills while interfering with her perception and balance.