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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!

The Compound Effect

Have you ever sat down to watch a program or read a book, and happened to bring along a large bag of your favorite snack food for company? If anyone asked, "Are you going to eat that whole bag?" Your response would be immediate. "No way! I'm not going to eat all that!" So you sat, and you watched, and you munched, and before you knew it, the book or program was at an end, and so was that bag of snacks. How did it happen? The answer is simple, yet powerful and complex. You started a habit, and you kept it up - one bite at a time. Let's look at another possibility. You watched your program or read your book, but this time, you walked on a treadmill, pedaled a bike, or simply stretched during the commercials. When the book or program ended, you felt good, knowing you took time for yourself that was both healthy and enjoyable. In his book The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy powerfully illustrates the positive and negative results of compounding. He advocates that small, consistent steps can yield life-changing results. The compound effect was working when you started munching those snacks. Once started, keeping on that path of least resistance seemed easy and even pleasurable. If you do that too many times, you'll see the negative results of the compound effect in the form of a higher number on the scale or clothes that don't fit as comfortably as they once did. It was also at work when you chose to do some sort of activity. Do that enough times, and you will see results of the more positive variety. The beauty of the compound effect is that when you make small changes, you will see positive results over time. Maybe you decide to make one small positive change in your eating habits, or maybe you decide to incorporate a daily ten-minute walk into your routine. Stick with these changes long enough, and you will reap the benefits. How have you benefitted from the compound effect? We'd love to hear your comments.