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!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

It's the time of year for Ho! Ho! Ho!, Happy Hanukkah, and all things Holly Jolly! Sadly, there's often an undercurrent that's at odds with what is supposed to be "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." People don't lay down their responsibilities or cares, but they often add more. The heartaches that plagued them in November are just as present in December.

So what exactly can an over-worked, over-wrought, over-stressed person do? It comes down to two words: Self Care. It's like the situation on an airplane where you are asked to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others in case of an emergency. Why? Because if you can't breathe, you won't be of help to anyone, yourself included.

There are many excellent ways to provide this self care, with only a minimal investment of time or money. You can go for a walk, take a bubble bath, or take the time to enjoy a favorite song. Another excellent option is to stretch and strengthen your body.

BlindAlive can help you do just that with two new workouts that have arrived just in time to de-stress your holidays. Consider taking the time to enjoy our Whole Body Stretch or Chair Yoga programs. They'll help you to become more calm and energized, and if getting more fit is on your list of things to do in 2017, either one will gently start you along that path.

I would like to take this time to wish all who have read my posts a very happy and healthy holiday season, and a 2017 full of wonder, joy, and vitality!

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