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!

Getting Your Bluetooth On

Maybe I’m overthinking things, but I sometimes worry about using my expensive technology when exercising. Whether I’m playing an actual workout or my favorite music, there are so many ways for things to go wrong. An overly enthusiastic move is the unintended swipe that sends my tech crashing to the floor. The same thing is likely when using a piece of exercise equipment.

For this reason, I’ve been on the lookout for lightweight Bluetooth earbuds. I have a headset which sounds great, but it’s very bulky. Another type pressed on the sides of my head, which caused me headaches. Finally, I found something that perfectly meets my workout needs. It’s also an added plus because I can use it while my iPhone 7 is charging. You can use it with any Bluetooth-connected device, while storing your tech out of harm’s way. We have included it on our Favorite Product Picks Page so you can find it easily if you would like.

The Francois et Mimi Comfort + Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Headphones have a wire connecting the two earbuds, so one is not easily lost. As with many devices, they have their positive and negative sides.

The good: The first thing that comes to mind is the price. This seems to fluctuate a bit, but tends to go no higher than forty dollars, although they can often be found for less. The earbuds speak when you power them on and off, and the amount of available charge shows on my iPhone. They come with a total of three pairs of rubber ear tips, and additional pieces of rubber sit in the curly part of the outer ear, making it very unlikely that they will fall out, regardless of the workout.

The bad: If you like a lot of bass, these might not be the earbuds for you. I notice the lack, but it’s not a deal-breaker for me, and they are certainly fine for spoken audio. If you are not careful when removing an earbud, you can lose the ear tip and the small rubber stabilizer. I think just being aware of the possibility will help minimize this. I was not able to find a manual online, and the included print user guide did not scan well. However, figuring it out took little to no effort, and when I did get someone to read the manual, there were no surprises. There is one large volume button with an on/off button on top of it. A short charging cable is included, and a 2-hour charge time is recommended.

These earbuds come with a few small parts: the charging cable, as well as the ear tips and stabilizers. If you have a small pouch, a box with a lid, or even a zip top bag, you might find it helpful to store everything together. Then, when it’s time for your workout, you’ve got everything in good working order so you can be on your way.

If there’s something that helps you be successful in your workouts, we’d love to know about it. You can comment on our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or join our BlindAlive Community on Facebook.


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