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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!

My Guide Dog Is Fat!

how to get your guide dog to lose weight

Due to attacks from dogs off leash and my being ill, I am now breaking in my fourth guide dog. She has been with me since December 17th,  which happens to be the week of the first of many big snow storms. I have ice phobia so we stayed home a lot! Now that the weather is supposed to be better, I asked my guide dog trainer to come for a home visit to regain our confidence. Well, he walked in the door and the first thing he said, “She’s gained 10 pounds at least.”

In the world of guide dogs, it is always the handler's fault if the dog is fat. I have never had a fat dog in my life and I am finding it rather humbling. Somewhere along the way I made the judgement that fat dogs go with fat owners. I know this is awful and I also know that it is not necessarily so, but there you have it. I believe that neither judgements nor excuses are useful, so I guess it is time to lose 10 pounds! It’s all about teamwork isn't it, so now we are going for the Beach Body together.

If anybody knows how to help their slightly overweight dog to lose those pounds, I am interested in tips! Post below, tweeting to @BlindAlive, or on Facebook by clicking this link!