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!

Rude Awakening: Where Did My Balance Go?

This morning I opened my new stability ball and blew it up. I was excited to start working out with it. I had one years ago and it was so much fun. Bouncing made be happier. I would turn on upbeat music and mostly just play on it finding out how I could work all my muscles. It was a really fun workout and the kids loved playing with the huge ball too. My youngest son could sit on the ball without his feet touching at all and stay perfectly still. Now, I realize how incredibly challenging that is to do.

Okay, I turned on a ball workout I had and attempted to do the exercises and boy was I surprised at how my balance has deteriorated since I last played on a ball. I realized that a ball workout is serious business and I need to back up and take it slowly. I really thought I was going to be able to jump on that ball and do all the things I used to do. Wrong! I could barely lift one leg off the ground without feeling like I was going to fall over.

This rude awakening indicates to me that working out on a stability ball will help me develop the balance and core strength that is essential for total body confidence. I am taking up the challenge today to workout on the ball every day for a couple of months to see how my body and balance changes. I will take it very slowly and take notes. I will keep you posted. My hunch is that my body awareness and over all confidence is going to greatly improve.

Mel Scott Founder and President


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