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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!

Have you ever had an idea so big your mind couldn’t wrap around it?

Curious creatives like myself often have great big ideas that are so large that the execution seems impossible. Last year, when I had the idea to create BlindAlive and Eyes-Free Fitness™, my mind would spin off in a million different directions. I wanted to launch programs for children and teenagers to help with body awareness. I wanted to design programs that would appeal to college students and busy working adults. I wanted to craft workouts for pregnant women and body builders. Not only did I want to appeal to all ages, but I wanted to cover every known exercise type on the planet. This idea was so big I was going crazy figuring out how to make it all happen as fast as I wanted.

Obviously, the lofty goal I prescribed for myself was not realistic for one person without a whole lot of collaboration and funding. I still want what I want -- don’t get me wrong. I want it all more than ever, but I have revised my short-term goals.

Clarity arrived in a flash, just like the idea. I realized that sports and extreme fitness for high-performance blind athletes is well covered with Mike Lloyd’s Blind Sports Podcast and Bill Kociaba’s Real World Fitness Podcast both of which I enjoy very much. There are many organizations devoted to parolympics: skiing, goalball, etc. These are all fabulous, but it isn’t exactly where my passion lies.

What gets me fired up is creating choices for ordinary people who are not necessarily coordinated or thrilled about being seen exercising or don’t have the desire or the means to travel to a gym. I want to give people who may not have ever exercised a day in their lives the freedom and choice to move their bodies in the privacy of their own homes without feeling self-conscious. I want to create basic fitness programs that people can carry with them throughout their lives. My clarified goal is to provide everyday people with more choices for fitness in their own environments. I can do this --one workout at a time, and that feels like a far more attainable and transformative goal.