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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!

I Care

Call me silly, but I have always loved the children's song "I Care" by Tom T. Hall.

When I first heard the song, I was old enough to know it wasn't meant for me specifically, but I was still really moved by it. "Wow! This man knows how I sometimes feel!" I thought. There have been many moments since then that those words have come back to me.

I'm a firm believer in making my own optimism, embracing gratitude, or finding the good in any situation if I can. I'm not a fan of optimism to the exclusion of all else, which is why I think I so enjoy this song. It says that in the midst of all the bad stuff, there is someone who cares.

If you are of a creative mindset, or even if you are not, I encourage you to write a song for yourself -- your very own "I Care" song. It doesn't have to rhyme, or even be singable, although it can. It should express a problem or problems, and should express caring. Maybe you'll want to write about feeling sluggish and not working out, or feeling deprived when you can't eat unhealthy foods you crave. It may sound a little odd, but you may find yourself transformed simply by the act of caring for yourself.

If you give it a try, we'd love to hear about it. Just leave us a comment below.