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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 Two)

Last week, I told you about our brand new Barre workout, and let you know a little about what it is, what it can do for you, and where to download the glutes segment as our free gift to you. If you missed any of that important information, you might want to read that entry first.

This week, I’m here to answer some questions I’m getting asked quite a bit. I also want to tell you that you can now purchase the entire Barre Method Level One Workout from BlindAlive.

Several of you have asked what height the barre or sturdy surface should be. The answer is more complex than you might think.

In this workout, we are mostly using the barre or sturdy surface for balance. We are not putting our feet up on the barre at all, or leaning on it to support the majority of our weight. In an ideal world, the barre is at the height that allows your elbows to be at a 90 degree angle when down by your waist. Your shoulders are pulled back and dropped down. Your chest is broad and open. Your hands rest lightly on the barre. The sturdy surface or barre is not designed to bear your weight, but to be an aid for balance. This height allows your posture to be at its best.

Others have asked why this workout does not keep to a specific rhythm and run in time with the music. We feel it is more of a priority for people to focus on proper form and technique. We want people to do the moves at their own pace while keeping posture in mind. Sometimes, when a person focuses only on keeping time, more important aspects of the workout are left behind. The music is there to give you encouragement and energy.

The other bit of feedback I’ve gotten is, “Wow! This workout is really long!” It needs to be long to completely exercise and strengthen all areas of your body. However, that doesn’t mean you need to do it all at once. You can mix and match the sections to form a routine that is best for you. If you do want to play the whole thing through, without having to start each section playing on your computer, just press Enter on the M3U file we’ve included for you.

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