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!

Creating Your Home Fitness Area

Getting and staying fit in your own home is easy. Home fitness is all the rage these days with hundreds of different exercise workouts for sale in athletic stores and online. Working out in your own space has many benefits and is certainly less stressful for many of us. My home fitness area is my favorite place in my house other than under my warm covers. 

The exercise area in my house takes up a corner of a room. There is a stationary bike which I recommend instead of a treadmill. A bike can be used if you have foot or other joint issues and still get a good cardio workout. Treadmills are great, but I can duplicate that movement closely with running, walking, or dancing in place. I don’t need an expensive piece of equipment for that. If you want to buy a larger fitness machine, a good bike is what I prefer.

My bike is the largest piece of equipment and I use it to hold on to when I need help with balance. I also have fitness bands tied to my bike for foot and arm exercises. My bike is heavy so it is stable. It is important that you have a sturdy chair or other piece of furniture that you can use for balance or as a point of orientation. 

My next favorite thing is my yoga mat. I am going to talk extensively about the exercise mat in a later blog; but for now, I will say that a good mat is essential. Cheap mats are not a good idea. My mat is mine and mine alone. I exercise, do yoga, Pilates, and meditate there. It is for safety and orientation.

Free weights are very useful for working out at home. I have a variety of hand weights, wrist, and ankle weights lined up along the wall. I have also kept them in a basket so they are out of the way. Tripping over weights is not fun. I will often use the wrist or ankle weights to add just a little extra weight for any kind of workout.

Next is my stability ball. I actually have two of them. They are different sizes. These exercise balls are a great tool. I use mine to sit on, to bounce my depression away, as a way to increase or decrease the intensity of an exercise, and just for fun. 

The last tool is a Pilates ring. This tool can be used in place of weights and resistance bands, and there are specific exercises that are unique to the ring. There will be more about the Pilates ring in upcoming posts.

The last thing you need is a player of some kind for your workouts. I have my workouts on my computer and I have an old CD player. You can use your phone or iPod as well. 

That’s my whole home workout area. I like to change it up occasionally so I stay motivated. Once the initial investment is made, it doesn’t cost much to keep it up. It is best to buy high quality equipment - it will last longer and there is less of a chance of injuring yourself.

So get your equipment and make a spot for yourself. You deserve it and it is the best health insurance you can buy. Have fun and take care of your body.

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