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!

When Good Enough is Just Right

I feel like I have taken up juggling in recent weeks. I don’t mean the traditional kind that would earn me some money in a carnival. Instead, I’m talking about juggling more than I thought possible while working, taking online courses, and managing my friend’s care after her stroke.
I have not attained the skills to be a master juggler, and I would not even try to represent myself as such. However, I’m learning basic lessons, and I wanted to share them with you. After all, I learn best by doing first, then by teaching what I have learned. Also, if someone can benefit from my experiences, then I’m more than happy to share.

First, I had to decide what to juggle. Some things just weren’t very high on my priority list, so have been set aside for a time. For example, I enjoyed, and felt I needed to read Twitter daily. It helped me keep up with technological developments, and to know what was going on in my friends’ lives. For the moment, I have decided I do not yet have the skill to juggle Twitter reading, so have temporarily set it aside until I become more skilled. I look forward to getting back to the place where I can once again catch up with friends and be more aware of all that is happening in my world.

There are other things I continued to juggle, but in smaller quantities. I was working a few less hours in the two to three weeks after the stroke. Now, however, I am juggling a nearly full work load. It is not always easy, but prioritization is key. If I know which ball is in danger of crashing down if I do nothing, I can give it that little bit of extra effort to keep it in the air.
A similar situation was going on with my working out. In the aftermath of my friend’s stroke, if I just got through the day, I was winning. Now, however, as my experience in juggling these particular situations improves, I am adding things back. First was to meet the Move and Stand Goals on my watch every day. Now, I’m adding back the goal of completing the Exercise ring. After that, I’d like to get back to my daily ten thousand steps.

So far, you may feel that I haven’t shared that much knowledge. I’ve given you theory, but not a lot of technique. So here, described to the best of my ability, are the techniques I’m using to juggle successfully. I am patient with myself. Impatience robs me of energy I need for other things. It doesn’t serve me, so I’m learning to let it go. If I don’t juggle perfectly today, I remind myself that I have tomorrow, and I think about strategies I can use to work toward different outcomes. Also, I start small. You wouldn’t try juggling half a dozen balls, but you’d start with one or two. In the same way, I break large tasks down into smaller chunks, and try to estimate what I can reasonably do in a day.

The one way in which my life juggling is different from standard juggling is that I don’t have to set aside time to practice this skill. Life gives me many opportunities for practice. And just when I think I’ve got it down, for better or worse, life changes things up, and I start the learning process all over again.



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