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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!

Making Plans

In the summer of 1998, our county was on fire. We had three fires burning out of control and the county decided that all 35,000 residents must evacuate. We only had three roads out of the county. One was a major interstate, one was a U.S. highway, and the third was a two lanestate road. The interstate quickly turned into a parking lot as people jammed the road trying to obey the evacuation order. The other two roads soon closed because the fire crossed over both of them. It was a real nightmare for everyone involved. 

After several days, the fires were finally controlled and we were allowed back into the county. Over the next couple of years, the county began to implement a plan for evacuation so that we would not have the same kinds of traffic problems the next time an evacuation order was necessary. We learned the hard way what can happen when you don’t have a plan for dealing with evacuations. 

Sometimes a failure to plan causes problems for me in my personal life as well, especially where meal planning is concerned. When I don’t have a plan in place, I find that when life gets a little out of control and I don’t have anything made for supper, I head for the drive-through and end up eating something really unhealthy. I find that I handle these situations much better if I have a meal plan in place. The plan doesn’t have to be a complicated one. Sometimes I just make a list of five or six meals that I can prepare quickly and easily and then make sure I have the ingredients for them around the house. When time allows, I make a few freezer meals ahead and keep them for the days when everything goes wrong.

It would be wonderful to be the kind of person who sits down with a calendar and writes out a weekly menu and a meal plan and grocery list, but I have never quite attained that lofty goal. I have learned though that planning is essential for success and I hope that my simple suggestions for eating healthier when things get hectic will help you on your journey toward weight loss and healthful eating.

 

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