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!

Savor the Flavor!

"Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments." -- Wayne Dyer

How many times have you found yourself finishing a bag or box of a favorite, semi-forbidden food only to think: “How did I get here?” If so, you may have lost or forgotten the art of savoring what you are eating.

One definition of the word “Savor” is: “to appreciate, enjoy or relish something.”

We here so much these days about mindfulness. While I think it is a wonderful practice, the word itself has become so clichéd as to be a bit of a turn-off. When I find myself appreciating a concept but cringing at the mention of an overused word, I try to find another one that basically expresses the same thing.

I am making more of an effort to savor many things: the way my body feels when I have worked hard, time with people I care about, the feel of the sun on my face, and even the food I eat.

Unfortunately, it takes a bit of work, and some adjusting of our thought processes to learn to savor experiences. Does working out feel like such a drudgery that we forget to savor our stronger selves? Do we actively participate with people we care about, or are our minds on other things? Are we sometimes so preoccupied that we fail to notice those things in nature which bring us joy? Are we so full of guilt over what we should be eating that instead of savoring a few bites, we finish the whole thing without noticing?

My challenge to you, and also to myself is to savor….appreciate….enjoy!


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