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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!

Surviving the Fall

Have you ever wondered why the Autumn is called “Fall?” When I was a child, I was told that because it’s the time the leaves fall from the trees. Now that I am all grown up, I know better! Now I know that the reason we call Autumn “Fall” is because it is the time of the year when we are most likely to fall off the wagon if we are on a weight-loss journey.

It all begins in early September when the recipes for after-school snacks and lunchbox ideas come out, and you just have to try them all. Then come the tailgate and harvest parties as well as the Halloween candy; Then comes the big one! Thanksgiving day. After Thanksgiving, you decide there is no point in trying to keep up the eating well plan because you know that Christmas is coming and Hanukkah, as well as all the other winter festivals. So you end up deciding to try again after the New-year.

For me, this year is going to be different! I have implemented some rules and strategies that I hope will help me keep from gaining the “holiday 20.”

First, My daughter is all grown up so I passed up all those back-to-school recipes this year. As for the Halloween candy, I spent some time agonizing over which was my favorite and bought one bag of it and allowed myself only two per day during the month of October. I don’t go in for football parties, but if I happen to attend one, I only eat the things that are homemade and limit homemade sweets to five bites. Thanksgiving is going to be interesting. My family has agreed to the idea of scaling back the feast this year, so I asked them each to tell me what they want for a Thanksgiving side dish and dessert. I was surprised to learn that the things they want are not the most caloric items in our usual Thanksgiving menu, so we’re having more vegetable sides, fewer starches, and only two pies. We are well into November as I write this and I have only suffered a three-pound gain which I think is more due to missing a week of exercise when the whole family was sick with a cold. It is my heart-felt hope that I can survive the Fall, and I hope my strategies will help you survive it too.

What are some of your favorite holiday healthy eating strategies? We’d love to know. Please feel free to send them to support@BlindAlive.com .

 

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