How To Start Exercising With Eyes-Free Fitness®
Recently I attended The American Council of the Blind conference. I met so many people, and the same question came up over and over. They would ask, “I don’t exercise, but I know I should. Where should I start, and what should I do?”
This is a common problem in our community, mainly because the choices for well-described programs have been virtually non-existent. I have made it my mission over the last two years to create choices for people at all fitness levels. It iscrucial that we move our bodies regularly so we feel healthy.]Today I am going to address the absolute beginner. I am obligated to say that you should consult your medical team before you start any exercise program. With that said, the best places to start with the Eyes-Free Fitness® programs are as follows:
- The Gentle Workout Set is the first of three options I recommend. It is a set of four short workouts which can be done standing or in a chair. There is a section that requires standing next to a chair. These workouts introduce you to basic cardio and strength training moves. You can do a different one every day. A detailed description can be found at our site.
- Another great place to start is with Pilates Chair With Ring. The entire workout is done in a chair, and it works your whole body. It makes use of a Pilates ring, which is a springy ring with foam handles. The ring can be found at sporting goods stores or through this website, and you can learn more about the workout by visiting our site.
- If yoga is where you want to start, and being on the floor is okay for you, Gentle Yoga For Beginners is what you want. The entire sequence is done on the floor, so there are no standing poses. Once you are on the floor, you can stay there until the end. This flow is great for warming joints and talking you through basic breathing and foundation poses. This link will give you all the information you need to get started.
I think these three options are good places to start for those who have never exercised or who need to ease back into activity. I suggest that you try these and then you can move to the Level One workouts. We will discuss these more in an upcoming post.