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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!

The Power of Choice

I woke up this morning to find that I had no internet service. I immediately felt frustrated, then slowly went through the steps I have learned to check out what the problem might be. I do not consider myself computer smart. I see myself more like computer tolerant. I use the internet, benefit from it, and enjoy aspects of social media, but I have no idea how it works. And please don’t try to inform me of the inner workings. I don’t want to know. I just want to use it as I see fit. But it can really pull at my frustration strings at times! 

Last night I went to a Tallahassee Council of the Blind monthly meeting to talk about my plans for producing a documentary focused on Disabled Liberation. I mentioned how blind folks have to deal with frustrations every day and how the simple task of crossing the street for us can be seen as an act of courage. Everybody understood. No extra words needed. The discussion that ensued was lively and stimulating, and at the end of the meeting the group generously contributed to my project. It felt great, and in some ways it was quite humbling.

Each and every day we get to choose how we want to be in the world. It really is a choice, although most people don’t take the time to realize that we each have the power of choice. We can focus our attention on all the little things that frustrate us, or we can notice how gutsy and courageous we are as we do our best to handle the bigger challenges in our lives. Which one are you going to choose today?

Many thanks to Marty for sharing this week’s blog post. If you would like to learn more about the Why Can’t We Serve Project mentioned in this blog, visit http://www.whycantweserve.com/

 

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