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!

Winners say "I WILL", not "I'll TRY"!

This week, we are pleased to feature a guest post from the blog of Shana Maleeff, the voice behind many of our popular workouts. You can read more of her wisdom on her blog.

Spring is here, the flowers are blooming, and we are all starting to think about jumping into our summer clothes and heading to the beach.  Many of us are then hit with the sudden panic of what that means.  Have you let your healthy eating habits or workout regimen slip over the winter months?  Has your weight crept up a few pounds (or more)?  Even if the answer to these questions is no, are there goals you have set your sights on that you have yet to achieve?  Regardless of your weight or fitness level, we all have goals to strive for and accomplish.
So what sets apart those who dream of achieving and those who actually achieve?  It simply comes down to one’s mindset.  In my years of counseling patients on behavior change and goal setting for health, there is one clear differentiator.  Are you the person who wants it, but believes it will happen in due time?  Or are you someone who makes things happen for yourself?  Do you wait for it or do you go and get it?  Whether the goal is to become more physically fit by starting a walking program, hiking a mountain, or completing a triathlon, the “I WILL” attitude needs to exist to succeed.
Step one: Set a clear goal.  Use measurable parameters like numbers.  For example: “I WILL limit carbs to 30 grams per meal”, “I WILL swim two miles a week”, or “I WILL walk four days a week for at least 30 minutes”.  Vague goals that can not be measured sound like “I will TRY to go to the gym more”, “I’ll try to cut back on carbs and sweets”, or “I’ll try to drink more water”.
Step two:  Commit to that goal and plan 100%.  Revisit these goals regularly to assess your progress and tweak as needed.
Throughout my career, I have come across many people who think they are committed to change, but as soon as I hear them say “I’ll TRY”, I know that they are still on the fence.  The word “try” in this case gives a person an out, or an excuse to fall short.  For example, someone may say “I’ll TRY to stop eating so much dessert” or “I will TRY to eat a salad for lunch three days a week”.  When they report back and have not met their goals, it is easy to say “I said I would try, but I had a lot of birthday parties this month so it was hard to avoid desserts”.
The difference between these two little tiny words – WILL and TRY —  may seem small, but they make a world of difference.  Think about some of your short-erm goals and make them a reality by going “all in” and saying “I WILL DO THIS”.
As Yoda from Star Wars so wisely put it: Do or do not, there is no try.


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