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!

Ordinary People

This week, we are pleased to feature the first in a series of posts by Peggy Fleisher.

I have always considered myself to be an ordinary person. I grew up in an ordinary city in the U.S., attended ordinary schools, had a successful but rather ordinary career, married a “regular guy,” and raised a daughter to womanhood. There are a few things about my life that are “outside the box.” I am totally blind, and the statistics say that due to medical advances, there are fewer totally blind people now than in times past. I home-schooled my daughter, which definitely qualifies as “outside the box.” In all the ways that matter though, I’m a regular Peggy. I eat what most people eat,, drink what everyone else drinks, and sit on my couch watching the same shows as everyone else, and gaining the same weight everybody gains…right?…right!

Then one day I stepped on the scale and was confronted with an extraordinary number! I did what an ordinary person like me would do; I got off and back on again. The number didn’t change; It was still an extraordinary number and a very unacceptable one. Once again, I did what most people would do in my situation. I went to the doctor and received a prescription for high blood pressure medicine, another for reducing my cholesterol levels, and a water pill. That is just great! I am an ordinary overweight American woman on a bunch of medicine that lots of people take at my age.

It was time for me to stop being an ordinary Peggy and make some serious changes to my lifestyle.

How was I going to transform myself from being average me to someone extraordinary? I thought about some extraordinary people I admire, and how they came to be that way. Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man,” and it became a giant historical event that changed how we think of the moon. Could I do that? Could I take one small step, and maybe another? Would it really make that much difference if I did?

The answer is a big “yes I can!”, and I did. I took a whole bunch of little steps, and got a big batch of little results that have added up to lasting changes in my life that I hope to share with all of you.

One of the most recent changes I made was to get up off my couch, turn off my TV, and get moving. I didn’t have a clue about how to make this change, so I started with what I knew. One small step!…Literally! I began walking just like Neil did on the moon. But I am an ordinary person, so I walked around my house, then around my yard, then around the block, then a mile, and later two miles. Now I walk between two and four miles a day. It is quite rewarding! Neighbors greet me, and friendly dogs and children play around me. I feel the sun on my face, and the breeze in my hair, and it is all very “ordinary” like me.

That extraordinary number on my scale has gone down about seventy pounds as of this writing, and I’ve had an extraordinary journey getting to this point. I’ll tell you more about that the next time I sit down to write. Before I go though, I want to tell you about another extraordinary person I admire. Her name is Mel and we all know her as the creator of the Eyes Free Fitness™ workout series. The thing that makes Mel an extraordinary person is that she had a vision to create ordinary workout routines for ordinary people just like me. Maybe you’re an ordinary person too. Maybe you’ve been a little intimidated by the idea of buying a workout and moving your body. It’s an ordinary feeling and one I understand. We all felt just as you do now when we ordered our first workout, but the results are extraordinary! You can take it from me, an ordinary Peggy.

If you would like to contact Peggy, you can reach her on Twitter. As always, we welcome your comments and feedback.


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