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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 Bands Verses Free Weights For Blind

I have been exercising for a lot of years now, and I have tried countless types of workouts. Jane Fonda was the greatest in the 80s because I could get her workout on a cassette. She was pretty good at describing and with some help from my friends, I could memorize the routines. I actually still pull out her weight lifting tape on occasion. I can do them without thinking too hard and it always feels so good to be finished.

I know that exercise bands are very popular now. They are easy to carry and they are fun and different. I have them and I use them for when traveling or for working just my feet. For every day at home use though, I do not recommend them. I find that they are harder to control and the risk of injury is greater due to being off balance. If you feel confident that you are equally strong on both sides of your body, then they are probably fine for you. Most people have a dominant side and without seeing yourself in a mirror it is difficult to know for sure that you are pulling the bands exactly the same way on both sides.

Free weights or weights that are not connected to a bar are absolutely my favorite. I know for sure that I am lifting the same amount of weight and I can gage which side is weaker. I keep several sizes so I can choose the best weight for each muscle group. Some days I use very light weights if I am feeling lazy or tired that day. I am not a fanatic, so I do not beat myself up if I skip a day or even a few days. The most important thing is to KEEP MOVING! Just move move move some every day.

Sculpting With Weights Level 1 is now available for download at: http://www.blindalive.com/buy-fitness-workouts/

 

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