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!

Spending Time in the Hospital While Blind

It’s not something we like to think about, but chances are that at some point in our lives, each of us will end up in the hospital. It may be planned, or completely unexpected. For a person who is blind or has a visual impairment, a visit to the hospital can be a more stressful experience, full of unfamiliar people and procedures.

Those who have less stressful hospital stays have likely done their homework first, to make the experience a bit easier. Fortunately for us, some of those people have shared their experience so that we can benefit.

In the March 2017 AccessWorld, Deborah Kendrick shares her experiences in an article: Advocating for Yourself in an Emergency Medical Situation: Advice for People with Visual Impairments. Reading this article is helpful as it provides in narrative form, information about what you can do to empower yourself and make your stay as positive as possible.

Another invaluable source of information comes from the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind. Their Information Access Committee has developed a document you can either print or email to your healthcare team. It contains information helpful to medical personnel of all types. The document is: Best Practices for Healthcare Professionals with Patients who are Visually Impaired.

Going to the hospital or even medical appointments isn’t necessarily fun, but a little planning and advocacy can make it a much more positive experience. That way, you can concentrate on the important things, like feeling better.

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