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!

Motivational Strategies to Bring Lasting Changes

We are pleased to bring you this post from the blog of Shana Maleeff:

Now that the New Year is under way, many of us are thinking about our goals for this year – health-related and otherwise. Maybe you told yourself, “I will work on eating healthier or getting to the gym more after the holidays are over”. Well, the holidays are over and it’s time to turn those thoughts into actions. Remember that motivation is paramount in making lasting behavior changes. Think about what it is that motivates you to make changes – whether it is to look differently, feel better, or to improve an aspect of your health. Here are some strategies to increase your motivation: Enlist support – People who have supportive friends, family members, coaches, and/or trainers are often the most successful. Surround yourself with people who have similar goals and will encourage you along the way. Eat out with those who want to stay healthy, not those who always want to go overboard. Find a friend to walk with or join the gym with, or find an exercise class to attend regularly and use the other members and instructor for support. Positive Reinforcement – Instead of punishing yourself for not meeting certain goals, reward yourself for achieving the small goals along the way. This will motivate you to continue working towards the bigger picture. Choose some non-food rewards, like a massage or other spa treatment, a movie, or a new pair of sneakers. Focus on Consistency – It becomes much easier to make lasting changes when the behaviors become routine. Forming habits does take some time, so choose some goals to be consistent with and prioritize making time for them. For example, try starting with exercising 2–3 times per week or eating a salad for lunch 2–3 times per week. Inspirational visuals — Hang pictures on your refrigerator, computer, or mirrors of a healthier you, a goal dress or skinny jeans, your family, or inspirational quotes to help remind you what you are working towards. Progress without the scale – Take some time to forget about your weight, and think about what other benefits you are getting from your healthier habits. Perhaps you have more energy, fit into your clothes better, are stronger and more fit and flexible, and/or your health has improved (better cholesterol, blood pressure, etc). Keep setting goals – Set small and realistic goals every few weeks. Once you achieve your goals, set another set of more challenging goals. Post these goals in a place where you can see them every day, and don’t forget to reward yourself for achieving them!

You can visit Shana's blog to enjoy more of her writing.


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