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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!

Exercise At Home

Exercise At Home! It’s cheaper, faster, cleaner, and a whole lot quieter.

I know people love to go to the gym for many reasons such as it helps with motivation, the social aspect, or professional instruction. This is all well and good and if it is working for you, keep it up.

For some of us, it is more practical and relaxing to stay home where we have control over our environment. I love my room with my yoga mat, television, stationary bike, and my assortment of weights etc. I even have some ancient Jane Fonda videos that feel like old friends.

The keys to enjoying working out at home are having a dedicated space where you have all your equipment. It does not need to be a big space so don’t go telling me you don’t have room. Smile. You can hide your weights under couches and under beds. Weights are great for keeping the dog food bowl from sliding around. Use your imagination. I would rather people see my exercise stuff in plain view so I can at least pretend I am using it consistently. Who knows, if your equipment is easily accessed, you might be more likely to use it.

I am not a person who likes to do the same thing day after day so I have a library of videos, digital downloads on my phone and computer. Some days I just put on music or a podcast and do my own thing. Some days I stay under the covers and do absolutely nothing. I don’t know about you but my mental health requires those days and actually I think our bodies benefit from days of nothingness. There is no need to feel guilty for not exercising, however, if you catch yourself saying, “I really should exercise”, then you might want to listen.

Now go dig out your weights buried in your closet or get cans or bottles, turn on a workout or the radio and push yourself a little. It gets easier and even fun. You can do it. Taking care of yourself is at the absolute top of the list and it needs to stay there.

Mel Scott Founder and President
BlindAlive.com

 

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