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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!

I am Adjustable!

I wish I knew where I first read about the concept of adjusting rather than accepting. I would happily give credit, because this attitude shift has brought about a major change in the way I perceive various circumstances.
"Accepting," so the theory goes, "is what you do with a present." It is placed in your lap or your hands. It is now yours, and your only choice is to say thank you, as if that sweater with fluorescent orange pom poms was the thing you wanted most in the world. You may not want what has been given to you, but you accept it. This, the prevailing wisdom says, is how we must deal with our blindness or any other unpleasant thing we encounter.
However, my wise but unknown source suggests an alternative. "Instead of accepting, we can adjust -- which takes hard work and strength."
What a thought! When a disability, a health challenge, or maybe a second disability arises, we have choices. We can accept the ugly fluorescent orange thing that threatens to suffocate us, or we can straighten our backs, hold our heads up, reach out to others for support, and remain confident in the knowledge that we may bend, but we have the strength to be adjustable.
If you have a story to share, or a resource that helps you remain adjustable, we'd love to hear about it. You can leave a comment on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on our BlindAlive Community on Facebook.