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!

Working At Playing, Playing At Working

Children play naturally all the time if adults don’t interfere. They appear to be playing even though they are learning tremendous amounts in the process. Adults are drawn in by their cuteness to play with them. The adults don’t even know they are teaching the child because they are having so much fun.

Somewhere along the way playing becomes embarrassing. It isn’t cool anymore. I am not talking about playing a board game or video game. I am not talking about playing a sport. I mean fantasy playing or make believe like we did when we were kids, you know, like playing house, Tarzan, army, or horses. There are no toys involved. It’s a matter of becoming a different character. People in the theater are about the only ones who get to play at being something else.

I believe that my bouts of depression began in my early teens when fantasy playing went into hiding in my subconscious mind. Playing is creating in the moment and that was way too scary. What if I looked stupid? I was told, “Don’t be so silly”. I was very self-conscious at that age so pretending to be a powerful monster or a superhero was out of the question. There was no place to experience being a monster or a super hero so as they went underground the shadows of depression rose up. I became contemplative and very serious. My tribe I hung around was the tragic poet types. We talked a lot about death and broken hearts. It seemed like fun of a sort at the time but in retrospect, I see that it was a cover for my playful, creative true self.

Now a few decades later, I am aware that playing like a child is an essential tool for managing depression. It allows the evil monsters too rise up out of my subconscious. If I can feel them and they are in the front of my mind instead of deep in my subterranean self, I can dance with them that way. They become smaller and quieter. With the monsters out in front, I can know them for who they really are. They become silly and powerless over me. We can play together.

Next time, I will tell you where, when, and how I play.


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