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!

Ten Pounds by Tuesday?

Does looking at your calendar ever throw you into a complete panic? Maybe there's an important presentation you have to give at work, a class reunion, or a large family gathering. In any case, there may be pictures taken, meetings with important people, or encounters with family and friends you haven't seen in years.
What can you do to get or look healthier for the all-important event? It turns out that there is plenty. Let's say, for example, that you have ten days before the big event. While it's highly unlikely that you can completely transform your body in that amount of time, you can begin. Start by living life as if you are already that radiantly healthy person you'd like to be. What does that mean? It all depends on you. It may mean not undergoing crash diets, abusing laxatives, or buying garments that will tuck everything in so tight that breathing is impossible. While these may be short-term solutions, you'll likely arrive feeling grumpy, generally out of sorts, and perhaps a little short of breath.
Consider the alternative. Each day, you move a little. You stretch, and strengthen, and do cardio. Don't go overboard the first few days and make yourself sore. After all, you're going to be sticking with it, because that's what the healthy you does. You also eat nutritious foods, get enough rest, and pamper yourself a little.
When the big day arrives, you could feel really stressed and down on yourself. After all, your body doesn't look or feel different, and you didn't work out every single day. You know in your heart that you did the best you could, but now that the moment of truth has arrived, you see it simply wasn't good enough.
But take heart! While you may have started down that path of self-loathing, your healthier self takes you gently by the shoulders and encourages you to go in another direction. After all, you didn't only think we were talking physical health, did you? That voice might say, "I've been working hard, and I feel great. I'm going to go and have a wonderful time. I'm going to make that good impression because I believe in myself. I'll step out of my shell and connect with others, because they may be feeling ill at ease and may need a little encouragement.
When the big day has ended, you have just one more task to accomplish: Get up on the day after, and move, strengthen, stretch -- because that's what the healthy you does. It's also an excellent way to keep from having anxiety when the next big thing rolls around. Don't wait until you magically, mysteriously get healthy. Start living the life you want today, and you can be prepared for nearly any crisis of confidence.
If you need help getting started with a workout, we offer many options and would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
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