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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!

Too Much On My Plate

Fall has finally arrived! The temperature is dropping and the activity level is rising. Holiday time will be here before we know it, and we’ll all feel the stress of having too many activities on our plates and the feeling that something’s gotta give.

When I began to realize my dinner plate was too full and that something needed to be done about my food portions, I thought about how we like to say that our plates are too full of activities, but we rarely say our dinner plates are too full. We’ve all been taught that we should eat whatever is on our plates. “Clean your plate” was my mother’s favorite saying.

In order for me to lose weight, I needed to rethink my plate. I began with the half cup rule I shared with you in a previous post. I put a half cup of each food being served on my plate and then evaluate whether or not I am still hungry. This rule works for me, but I needed a way to make sure I was getting foods that would be most beneficial to my body, so here is what I decided to do.

I divided my plate into quarters. In one quarter, I put a protein-rich food; for example, a chicken breast.

In the second quarter of my plate, I put a carbohydrate such as a sweet potato or some brown rice. In the final two quarters, I put two different colored vegetables with one of them being a green vegetable. If the meal is an all-in-one type of meal such as beef stew, I simply put two cups on my plate. This way, I am getting a well-balanced diet and keeping portions to a healthy level. I have been doing this for over a year now, and it works well for me. Give it a try and see if it doesn’t help you too.