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!

The Quest for good Sleep

Sometimes, I hear my mother's voice in my head: "When you're older, you won't fight going to bed; you'll actually want to." Of course, she was right. I'm happy to go to bed after a long, fulfilling day. However, it's frustrating when I either can't fall asleep, or can't stay asleep for the entire night. Unfortunately, the problem I rarely experienced as a child has come to plague me as an adult.

I can't take standard sleeping pills, and I have some reservations about them anyway. When melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone, started gaining popularity in the nineties, I thought that might be the answer. I started taking one milligram each night. Other than some exceptionally vivid dreams, I noticed little to no difference.

Over the years, my melatonin use has followed a predictable cycle. I buy it, and am cautiously optimistic about the results. I think it might be working, but I'm not sure. No, it really doesn't seem to be doing that much good. When it runs out, I don't reorder, because even when I take it, my sleep isn't all that great. I guess it was better than I realized, because my sleep is now worse than ever. Maybe I'll reorder, because maybe it's doing something, however small.

Recently, a friend talked about a particular brand of melatonin she got, and said it was helping quite a bit. I ordered it, and the cycle began all over again. This time, however, things seem to be different. Initially, I was told to take melatonin about 30 minutes prior to bedtime. More recently, I've heard that it should be taken two or three hours before bed. I take it about two hours before, because this works well for my particular schedule. I also consulted a trusted medical person to find out what a good dose might be for me, which was significantly higher than I first thought. Finally, the melatonin I am now taking is listed as "pharmaceutical grade," and is therefore subjected to higher quality control standards.

This three-pronged approach has resulted in vastly improved, more consistent and predictable sleep. I wanted to share my findings in the hope that they would help others get the best possible nights’ sleep.

Before you consider taking melatonin, you might find help from this informative article on Web MD.

The melatonin I am taking is now listed as one of our Favorite Product Picks, and you are welcome to check it out if you are interested.

Have you had experiences with melatonin you'd like to share? Perhaps you've found other helpful methods for falling asleep or staying asleep. We'd love to hear from you. Comment on our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or join our BlindAlive Community on Facebook.


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