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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!

Eyes-Free Fitness® Has A Barre Method Workout For People Who Are Blind (Part One)

We did it! We have expanded our collection with a new fitness choice for the blind community. In this two-part blog post, I'll give you all the information you'll need to decide if this is a good workout for you and help you get started.

After months of working with our instructor, Jennifer Kern, the music composer Chris Belle, and the entire BlindAlive Team, a new program has been born. Every time a new workout is released, I feel like a parent sending my child off to school. I am excited to propel my creation out into the world. I want it to succeed and to do good things.

Barre workouts are all the rage right now because they produce rapid, measurable results. They are based on the exercises dancers use to create strong, flexible muscles. The movements are small and powerful, and orientation is not a problem because you stay in one place and holding on is just fine.

Is this workout for you?

This program is designed for those who are new to barre workouts, but may not be best suited to those who are just starting to exercise. It is intense like all barre workouts are, since the movements are designed to exhaust muscles so they get the signal to lengthen and grow. This creates a long, lean look and feel.

Barre workouts are equally effective for both women and men. We all want strong, lean bodies and this barre workout will do that for us. Men might want to use heavier weights for the arm section.

What equipment do I need?

It is not necessary to have a traditional ballet barre. You can use a sturdy chair, door frame, heavy furniture, kitchen counter, bed post, or you can get yourself a barre. I am using this one. You might like some hand weights which you can find at Amazon or purchase locally. You can always use cans, water bottles or nothing at all. There is a floor section for the core work. You might like a mat for comfort but a carpeted floor will work too.

This program can be done all at once, or you can use the separate segments in the way that works for you. I like to do half one day and the other the next. You can also just do one segment a day. You will want to take it easy at first. Full descriptions and modifications are provided in audio and text.

If you want to learn more about barre workouts, I found this website to be helpful.

We will have more information coming in an upcoming podcast, as well as on next week's blog.

To get your free segment of this workout so you can get started and find out what it is allabout, simply sign up on BlindAlive’s main page

We’d love to know what you think about this, or any of our other workouts. You can comment on our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to our informative chat list.

Good health to you,
Mel