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!

Change is in the Air

Can you feel it coming? Maybe it's the fact that the night sounds are changing, or maybe it's that the kids have gone back to school. Maybe the nights are getting cooler, and the morning air is clean and crisp in the way that signals change is coming. Before we know it, Summer will have made way for Fall, and Fall for Winter. "Wait!" you say, "I'm not ready for that." Unfortunately, ready or not, 2015 is passing, and soon we will be saying goodbye. This leads me to a question I try to ask myself this time of year, and now I will ask it of you. Where will you be on New Year's Eve?
I'm not referring to your location. If you're celebrating with one or one hundred of your closest friends, the question still remains. Where will you be physically? Mentally? Emotionally? Will you be able to smile to yourself and say, "I wasn't perfect, but I did pretty well?"
After more years than I would like to admit when I was not even remotely satisfied, I have done my best to change this. It's hard to be constantly driven and laser focused. However, I usually begin well. And making goals to carry me through the end of the year helps ensure I also finish well.
For example, in previous years, I was tired of feeling bloated and lethargic from all the holiday goodies I had eaten. I enjoyed every bite, but I did not like the after effects. A few years ago, I set a September goal that on New Year's Eve, I would weigh what I did on September 1. I gave myself a two-pound bit of leeway, but no more.
Of course, my goal would be useless unless I paired it with measurable objectives. For me, this has meant increasing my exercise and making choices about what I would and would not choose as indulgences. I can say from experience that it is best to decide beforehand how many of Grandma's Christmas cookies and how much crab dip to have. For me, at least, once those things are staring me in the face, it's too late for rational decisions.
I wish with all my heart I could tell you that since starting, I have been like Mary Poppins -- practically perfect in every way. Some years, I surprise even myself. Sometimes, I'm thrilled at how well I have done. Other years, I'm in awe that something so carefully planned could go very wrong. Still, when the next September comes around, I'll be asking my questions and making my goals. I may never be perfect, but I hope to always be a work in progress.
What about you? What things, if you made your goals happen, would transform even a small part of you? We'd love to know your comments on Facebook or Twitter, or you can email us at .


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