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!

Taming Charley’s Horse

If you’ve ever been stopped in your tracks by a muscle cramp, also called a Charley horse, you know how debilitating they can be. Generally, they seem to happen at night, and involve the legs, although they can happen any time, anywhere. The causes are many, and can include: overworking muscles, sitting too long in one place, dehydration, and use of diuretics that cause the loss of potassium. If this latter is the case, you might wish to talk to your doctor about a “potassium-sparing diuretic.” Of course, paying attention to muscle pain, moving around frequently, and staying hydrated will help.

However, leg cramps can still crop up despite your best efforts. I’ve been experiencing them lately, so went looking for answers. It seems that there are two basic options for treating leg cramps. Some remedies like tonic water, mustard, and pickle juice, are used at the onset of a cramp to ostensibly stop it in its tracks. Recently, there has been some scientific evidence to explain why these remedies work. Check out the Peoples’ Pharmacy Podcast for a detailed explanation.

Another approach is supplementation, either with food or potassium, magnesium, and/or calcium tablets.

In reading through lists of potassium-rich foods, I found that many of them such as fruits, leafy greens, tomatoes, beans, and potatoes, already help comprise a healthy diet. Incorporating potassium-rich foods into your diet not only helps stave off muscle cramps, but is excellent for overall heart health as well.

If you would like to read more, This article from WebMD provides general information, and this article from Prevention lists 13 foods that have more potassium than a banana.

Thanks, as always, for reading. If you have any comments, we’d love to hear from you.


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