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!

When Good Enough is Just Right

I feel like I have taken up juggling in recent weeks. I don’t mean the traditional kind that would earn me some money in a carnival. Instead, I’m talking about juggling more than I thought possible while working, taking online courses, and managing my friend’s care after her stroke.
I have not attained the skills to be a master juggler, and I would not even try to represent myself as such. However, I’m learning basic lessons, and I wanted to share them with you. After all, I learn best by doing first, then by teaching what I have learned. Also, if someone can benefit from my experiences, then I’m more than happy to share.

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Not the Same You

When I was in high school, morning gym class was to be avoided at all costs. It made me feel like I was getting ready for my day twice, and I wasn’t awake enough for anything resembling physical activity. After college, I joined a gym for a short time, and found I didn’t care for that either. Besides the all-too-apparent challenges, I felt like going to the gym was an event in itself, and took up more of my day than I liked.

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It Can’t be a Stroke

"Recognize the warning signs of a stroke," the TV blares, but when someone I care about was having a stroke, I missed it completely. Because I did, it is possible that valuable time was lost. I thought I knew the signs, and was prepared to react, but I was wrong. My purpose in telling my story is to help others to avoid the mistakes I made. Each person's experiences might be different, and I think it is human nature to deny that such a grave situation is actually happening. The internet is full of stories about people having strokes. Sometimes, the person will be able to articulate that he or she is having a stroke, or feels numb on one side. Many times, however, friends or family miss the crucial signs. As blind people, we miss seeing that one side of the face is drooping, or one side of the body does not seem to be moving properly. For this reason, it is important to bring all our knowledge and observational skills into play when something just does not seem right.

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How To Exercise With Diabetic Retinopathy

It is important for people with diabetes to exercise. Regular exercise helps to control glucose and helps maintain good circulation throughout the body. It also decreases anxiety and generalized depression. Daily exercise needs to be part of the medical plan for anyone with diabetes.

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"Captain! We're Taking on Water!"

This phrase is most commonly heard when a ship is in danger of sinking. However, there is another way to take on water, and it is far more insidious. If you have issues surrounding water retention, it is important to monitor yourself, make any possible dietary changes, and by all means, discuss the situation with your doctor.

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Spending Time in the Hospital While Blind

It’s not something we like to think about, but chances are that at some point in our lives, each of us will end up in the hospital. It may be planned, or completely unexpected. For a person who is blind or has a visual impairment, a visit to the hospital can be a more stressful experience, full of unfamiliar people and procedures.

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Eyes-Free Fitness® Has A Barre Method Workout For People Who Are Blind (Part Two)

Last week, I told you about our brand new Barre workout, and let you know a little about what it is, what it can do for you, and where to download the glutes segment as our free gift to you. If you missed any of that important information, you might want to read that entry first.

This week, I’m here to answer some questions I’m getting asked quite a bit. I also want to tell you that you can now purchase the entire Barre Method Level One Workout from BlindAlive.

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Three Fail-Safe Solutions for Sensible Portions

“Portion control!” Does the mere mention of the term make you cringe? Controlling portions is difficult for everyone, but I believe it is even harder for people who are blind or have low vision. I’m here to give you some helpful tips so it doesn’t have to be such a chore. When faced with a situation where you are not sure how much to eat, there are three basic things you can do.

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The Blind Community Is Set On Edge By The Holman Prize

A few weeks ago I received a couple of emails from people saying I should enter the contest for The Holman Prize. The first one I quickly deleted, because I automatically dismissed myself as a possibility. When the second one arrived, I decided to take a look. My mind started whirling but I did not act on it -- mostly out of fear. I left it in my inbox though, so it kept coming up to the top.

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Activity by the Numbers

We are pleased to feature this article by Alex Hall, which was originally posted to AppleVis. While much of the information is tailored to those using an Apple Watch, it would seem that there are some important points to consider, whether or not you are using an activity tracker of any kind.

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To balance ball or not to balance ball… is that the question!?! No, not really…

This week, we are pleased to feature another Honorable Mention from Dee Leverenz. While her previous post inspired us to get out there and move, let’s just say that we could truly relate to this one. And of course, if you are looking for a safe, accessible workout you can do with a stability ball, please take a look at ours; it’s called Stability Ball Body. And now, here’s Dee:

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3 Tips for Dramatic Workout Results

Have you ever started an exercise plan with so much energy you almost scared yourself? This is the time you are going to really do it! Maybe you're preparing for a beach vacation that is a few months away, you generally want to feel and look better, or maybe you want to stop those critical voices that live both inside and outside your head. But eventually, your good intentions fade, and your workouts come to a halt. This happens to nearly everyone, but I think that as people who are blind, we are especially susceptible to letting our workouts slide.

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How to Keep Your Balance

To keep moving is not always an easy thing for blind people to do. While we may want to stay active, may even seek it out, our vision oftentimes interferes and spoils our best-laid plans.

I discovered this firsthand after central vision loss left me legally blind in my mid-thirties. Along with giving up driving a car, I also resigned as proofreader for the local newspaper. Then I cancelled my gym membership.

The result? Frustration and anger over my many losses.

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