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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!

Not the Same You

When I was in high school, morning gym class was to be avoided at all costs. It made me feel like I was getting ready for my day twice, and I wasn’t awake enough for anything resembling physical activity. After college, I joined a gym for a short time, and found I didn’t care for that either. Besides the all-too-apparent challenges, I felt like going to the gym was an event in itself, and took up more of my day than I liked.

It is at that point that I, like many of us stopped working out, and didn’t take it back up again for quite a few years. It’s not that we can’t work out, but we assume that we, as well as our circumstances, will never change.

While I’m still not a morning person, I work out at the beginning of my day. There are just too many possibilities of things capturing my attention and derailing my workout plans later on, so mornings it is. Granted, the absence of bad gym uniforms and communal showers makes this a bit more enticing, but getting moving in the morning is still tough at times. I still don’t enjoy going to the gym, so I don’t. Instead, I walk at home, use my rebounder, and take advantage of the many workouts offered by BlindAlive. However, I had about a ten to fifteen-year period when I didn’t do much of anything.

I was talking to a friend the other day who is trying to break out of a long slump of inactivity, and I firmly believe there are two simple ways to accomplish this. The first is to stop judging yourself for why you didn’t work out, and to approach getting started with a sense of curiosity. Second, give yourself credit for the ability to change and for added maturity.
Approaching working out with curiosity for me meant that I explored the options I had, and found things I could do consistently. When I decided that morning was the best time for me to be physically active, I realized that the high schooler who rebelled over all things morning-related is not the adult I am now.

If there are obstacles standing in your way, we’d love to help by discussing our available workouts with you to help you find a fit that’s right for you.

 

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