Accessible Fitness, more choices for more people

Fitness has always been a concern with regard to both mental and physical health regardless of age, gender, or any other variables that make each one of us unique. And for those in the blind community, fitness is every bit as much—if not more—important.

Exercise for the visually impaired is something that should be incorporated into a weekly, if not daily, routine for a variety of reasons that are both similar and different from people within the sighted community. For those with total loss of sight as well as for those who are low sighted, a lack of regular exercise can bring on a host of other issues, including weight gain, sluggishness, and perhaps worst of all for many, insomnia or a circadian rhythm that has been thrown completely off track.

A quality workout done at the right time of day and at the right pace to meet your unique physical and mental needs is just what the doctor may have forgotten to order. For many blind people, fitness has been a challenge: without someone to guide you and without the ability to drive yourself to the gym, it becomes obvious why so many visually impaired individuals give up—but with the BlindAlive line of Fitness Workouts for blind people, you’ll never have to depend on anyone else again.

Yoga and Strength Training with wieghts for blind people along with a variety of other cardiovascular exercises help our bodies stay toned, help us gain muscle mass and lose weight, but most of all, can help lead a blind person away from a sense of helplessness.

Are you ready to sweat? Come get healthy and leave all your notions of not being able to get fit due to your visual impairment behind with BlindAlive!

Hands-Free Help

“I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” Just about everyone is familiar with those words from the often-parodied Life Alert commercial. However, to those who do fall and need assistance, it’s no joke. Unfortunately, even if a person is subscribed to Life Alert or a service like it, there is no guarantee he or she will receive the needed help. This is because many people do not wear the pendant needed to signal for help. They often report that it gets in the way, or they are afraid of accidentally pressing it, and signaling a false alarm.

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Your Body Is Trying To Tell You Something

Your body has a language and you can learn it. It speaks to you in every moment in so many ways. Learning to listen to what your body is saying can keep you in better shape for longer. It will also keep your medical bills down.

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A Workout for Almost Everyone

Our featured workout for this month is my favorite, hands-down, and for many reasons. The person who provides the instructions has a voice like liquid gold, and makes listening a pleasure. I like that I can workout either with the full instructions, or just basic prompts. However, the thing I like the most is that this workout is doable by nearly everyone.

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How Helping The Blind Can Create A Healthier You

This weeks blog is a re-post from by Maria Johnson:

I’ve been a student at the Braille Institute in San Diego for about two years now, and I recently added the title of “Volunteer” to my badge. Yes… I’m crossing over the bridge to a place where helping others, such as the blind, can create a healthier you. 

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Exercise Routines Safe For Seniors

I had the privilege of speaking to the AER Division on Aging about Eyes-Free Fitness® programs and how they can be incorporated into the lives of senior citizens with vision impairments.

The question I get most often is “Which of the Eyes-Free Fitness® programs are safe for seniors at home and in various group settings?” I think the answer might help you choose a program for yourself or a family member.

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Who Cares About Muscles?

I have a confession to make, and I’m sure I’m not alone. For years, I’ve heard things like, “You should feel a nice stretch in your hamstrings,” or “This will work your triceps.” I registered enough to get the picture that hamstrings were legs and triceps were arms. Unfortunately, I let the particulars just sort of cascade off the edges of my mind.

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What Happens When Denial Does Not Work Anymore?

Denial has been my dark best friend for almost my whole life. I am coming up on 60 years now, and I am ready to let it go. Denial isn’t working for me anymore.

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Goldilocks Revisited

For the month of April, we are featuring the Stability Ball Workout on our main page. We are choosing to showcase a specific workout each month so we can better focus on and describe it’s many advantages. A stability ball workout provides both aerobic and strength training benefits, and it’s just plain fun. If you don’t already have it, you can purchase the workout on our website or through our Eyes-Free Fitness App for iOS. If you already have it, what are you waiting for? Maybe it’s time to get back on the ball.

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Are You Up for the Challenge?

I’ve blogged before about the wonderful community of people who make up our Eyes-Free Fitness email list, and today I’d like to let you in on something exciting that’s happened there. Recently, one of our members shared with us an upcoming squat challenge being held by Allan Misner of the 40+ Fitness Podcast.

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On the Level

If you’ve ever done any reading about portion control or even taken a home economics class in high school, it’s likely that you’ve come across information about the importance of “leveling off” items that you measure. If not, or if you’ve slept since then, here’s a brief summary:

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Best Therapeutic Hot And Cold Packs

One of my preoccupations these days is my knees. I have been going to physical therapy to strengthen them because they have become unstable. I decided to be proactive and walk my talk. That means I need to take care of my knees so they will continue to take care of me.

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Body Composition Analysis

Have you ever wished you could provide feedback for a product under development? If you are attending CSUN this year, you will have just such an opportunity.

HIMS, now SELVAS Healthcare, has developed an accessible body composition analyzer with TtS, and the ability to emboss the result sheet in braille.

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Soup: The First Fast Food

Everyone knows how wonderful a bowl of warm soup is on a cold winter day, right?

But most people don’t consider soup the fastest fast food on the planet.

Yes, with a little planning ahead, even homemade soup can provide an almost instant meal that is nourishing, and delicious.

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How To Take A Group Exercise Class With Low Or No Vision

I suppose it is pretty obvious by now that group classes are not my favorite thing. After all, I make audio fitness programs so I can help people avoid group classes. However, I understand that many people with visual impairments do want to benefit from the support and camaraderie that can be found in these settings. They also provide social interaction and they are motivating.

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Getting My Money’s Worth

Very few things equal that feeling of satisfaction when I know I’ve made a wise purchase at a good price, and then that I’ve really gotten my money’s worth from it. At BlindAlive, we want you to get your money’s worth from any workouts you purchase from us. We want you to feel that satisfaction of knowing you’ve used a thing to its fullest , and achieved the best possible benefits.

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Perfect Rebounder

Rebounding has finally come into my life. Years ago I got a rebounder or mini tramp for $5 at a yard sale. I thought it would be fun for the kids and me too. It was one of those metal spring ones that squeaked loudly with every bounce. I tried oiling it but the noise drove me crazy, so I quickly gave it up.

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5 Things To Do When Anxiety Has A Hold Of You

This week, we are pleased to feature a post from Maria Johnson's Girl Gone Blind Blog. Look for an interview with her on our next podcast.

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What’s on Your Cracker?

I admit it; I love crackers! They’re crunchy, and they come in lots of flavors. It’s easy to grab a handful on the run, or add my favorite toppings. Unfortunately, the snacks I enjoy don’t necessarily love me back. Many crackers contain lots of unhealthy ingredients. Maybe you’re trying to eliminate salt, refined flour, or fat from your snacking regime. The crackers you choose might not be the ones I like. Along with individual nutritional choices, there’s also taste to consider. Rather than telling you what you should and shouldn’t eat, my aim is to provide some helpful and healthful guidelines we can all use as starting points.

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Stress Relief with Feet

One of the benefits of joining our Eyes-Free-Fitness List is gaining from the wisdom of others. One of our members, Mary Ward, shared her thoughts on the benefits of living with animals. At present, I do not have a dog in my life, and feel that absence keenly. However, as I read Mary's post, I did not experience that emotion, but a sense of peace. If you do have animals in your life, I hope you will appreciate her words. If you do not have a feathered or furry creature, be open to the possibility of spending time with animals at a shelter or the homes of friends.
Here are Mary's thoughts on this often overlooked key to good health:

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What Is Interval Training?

Interval Training is the fitness world’s answer to boredom and quick results. The idea is to do short bursts of the same activity and then rest for another short period of time. This increases heart-rate quickly and then allows for a short recovery period. This method has become popular because it really works, and because the quick exercise variations keep the mind engaged. This type of exercise is most often called HIIT which stands for High Intensity Interval Training. The intensity can be changed to fit any level of fitness.

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