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!

How To Start Exercising With Eyes-Free Fitness® Part Two

In my last post, I spoke about finding the absolute beginner workouts. Today, I am going to take it to the next level.

It is important to combine aerobic exercise with strength training. For this, I recommend alternating Sculpting With Weights Level One  and Cardio Level One for best results.

Cardio Level One is an upbeat, basic workout. You are on your feet for 30 minutes, so you should be comfortable standing when doing all or part of this workout. It really gets your heart pumping but it is easy to figure out where to take breaks. For example, you can stop after one circuit if you want to go for 15 minutes. It is low impact. When I find the workout is not as challenging as it once was, I like to add light hand weights to take it up a notch.

Sculpting With Weights Level Oneworks major muscle groups with standing and mat exercises. To do this workout, you will need to be able to get on and off the floor. This workout tones your entire body, which is essential for better balance and improved posture. Developed muscles burn more calories, and support your joints. This workout uses hand weights in any size. You can start with canned goods or bottles of water, which can be under a pound, and progress to actual hand weights at whatever weight you find challenging. It is important to increase the weight slowly over time. You should plan to do this every other day so muscles can both rest and grow.

Once you have mastered Sculpting With Weights Level One  and Cardio Level One, You can graduate to the Level Two workouts.

Cardio Level Two increases the challenge with higher impact moves. You can always modify these to make them easier or harder if something doesn’t work for you. Shana, the fitness instructor, mentions some ways of doing the exercises, and the exercise descriptions give additional suggestions.

Sculpting with Weights Level Two moves into more complex exercises. They are called, “compound exercises” because they will work more muscle groups at the same time. For example, you might be working your lower body by doing squats while lifting weights over your head. You can always add more weight to make it more challenging. I like to alternate all four of these workouts according to how I am feeling on any given day.

All of these routines have supplementary audio and text descriptions. These descriptions will help you understand the breakdown of each move with modifications. It is a good idea to listen to these at least once.

I hope this helps you to navigate the website and to know how to choose the best workouts for you. We would love to have you interact with us on our various platforms. Comment on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or on our BlindAlive Community on Facebook.


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