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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!

Who’s Your Boss?

“You’re not my boss!” How often have we heard children say this, or maybe we were those children? When we were young, we were anxious to assert our independence from nearly everyone. We knew our parents were our bosses, so to speak, but anyone – from older siblings, to grandparents, to babysitters was suspect. We soon learned that they were indeed our bosses. The rationale was that we didn’t yet have the life experience to make important decisions for ourselves.

Before too long, we learned that we actually did have quite a few people who could tell us what to do, and who could often make us do things we didn’t want. Any teacher, coach, or scout leader was our boss, just to name a few.

As we got older, a funny thing happened. We were actually in charge sometimes, and fewer people had the right to tell us what to do. People like employers and policemen had the right, but more often than not, we were becoming the teachers, babysitters, parents, and grandparents who made the decisions. As we gained life experience, we gained that right, and also that responsibility. Why is it then that even when we are in charge, we let others tell us what to do?

For example, the A.B.C. Research Council says eggs are bad for us, so we eliminate them. The D.E.F. Advisory Board says eggs are actually a superfood, so we start including them in our diets again. Whether it be the health of foods, the effectiveness of supplements, the latest fitness trends, or the newest mind/body therapies, it seems we have decided it’s better to listen to the many conflicting bosses out there instead of making wise decisions based on our own research and common sense. We have been living with our bodies, but we have grown accustomed to handing decisions about their care to others. Maybe today is the day we start taking that back; the day we proclaim, if only to ourselves: “I am the boss of me!”

If there’s a way you’ve taken back the responsibility for your own health and well-being, we’d love to hear about it. You can comment on our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or join our BlindAlive Community on Facebook.