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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!

Stretch for Good

When Mel first mentioned the possibility of offering a morning stretch, I thought it sounded like a great idea. "Sure," I thought, "Lots of people who wake up with stiffness or pain will find this helpful." I didn't really count myself among their number. I didn't think I had stiffness or pain, but as a card-carrying non-morning person, I didn't see any personal benefit. When the audio was produced and the music was added, I decided to go through it once to judge the overall effect. After all, what's ten minutes for a good cause? And what a good cause it has turned out to be, as I find myself joining the ranks of morning stretch enthusiasts! Maybe I like this stretch because it takes the same approach to mornings I do. It's not too long, so I don't have to drastically change my A.M. routine. It does not expect from me what I am unable or unwilling to do, but gently guides me into another day. For me, it is like exchanging my wake-up method of choice -- much like trading in a demanding alarm clock for a brief but effective healthy pampering session. I have even been seen smiling frighteningly early, at least for me. When you sign up for our newsletter, you will receive a link that will allow you to download the free morning stretch. This ten minute audio will gently guide you through some simple stretches, and help ease you into your day. You can copy the audio to your phone, MP3 player, or book reader, and start right from the convenience of your bed. Don't think of this as a chore, or something you must do. Instead, think of it as a way to pamper yourself, and literally start your day on the right foot. You can sign up directly from the main page. If you like using the morning stretch, please be sure to let us know in the comments. We love hearing from you!