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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!

Music that Moves

What powers your workout? Does a particular food or energy drink come to mind? Perhaps, the first thing you think about is having a positive mindset or working out with a friend or partner.
The obvious first choice for me is music. Sometimes, I'll enjoy an audio book while walking, but if I'm really not feeling the motivation, it's time to bring out the big guns.
I'm not a person who creates lots of playlists based on genre, mood, or decade. I have a workout playlist that is seven hours long and growing. There, songs from the Muppets coexist peacefully with 70's disco, bluegrass, marches, contemporary Christian, classical, and a smattering of pop. As diverse as these selections are, they have one thing in common -- hearing them makes me want to move. I used to think that workout music had to have a driving drum beat beat to be effective. However, any song with a good rhythm will do the job.
A particular Mozart overture is perfect for pedaling a stationary bike, some of Handel's choral and orchestral music provides a steady beat, and even acappella songs can be just the right fit. For example, I want to move every time I hear this song by Perpssetuum Jazzile.
You're not likely to hear that song at your local gym, and you may not even like it, but that's the beauty of having your own playlist. You can include the songs, however mainstream or unorthodox, that just make you want to move!
If you have your own essential workout music, we'd love to hear about it. Send us email by visiting our contact page.