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!

Putting the Work in Working Out

Working out isn’t necessarily easy. Maybe that’s why it’s referred to as work. I wonder if our attitudes might be different if we thought of it as play, but that’s an idea for a completely different post. For now, most people refer to exercise as working out, and for most of us, it feels like work.

And because it feels like work, we don’t necessarily want to do it, and sticking to it is difficult. However, by thinking of it as a job, we can increase our chances of success. Here are three solutions to put your good intentions to work for you.

  1. Make it non-negotiable. Those who are successful in their fields generally do not wake up each morning and decide whether or not they will go to work. Unless something is markedly different, they simply get up and start getting ready.
  2. Know why you do it. People may not think about why they go to work each day, but they have reasons. For most people, the promise of a paycheck is a strong motivator. If you are exercising, the payoff comes in the forms of changes in body shape and increased health and stamina, just to name a few. Others do their jobs because they enjoy the work, or feel gratified that what they are doing makes a difference in the world. Those who are exercising would do well to think about why it is important. Your reasons will be as individual as you are. Some people make a list and use it when motivation is flagging.
  3. Take planned time off. This does not mean deciding on the spur of the moment that you will not work out on a given day. Just as you would schedule vacation time from your job, you can do the same with your exercise. Generally, scheduling the time off allows you to enjoy it more thoroughly, rather than carrying around a nagging sense of guilt because you just didn’t feel like doing the work on a given day.

There are many different kinds of exercise you can do to find the fit that best meets your needs. Looking for a place to get started? Our website has workouts designed for all abilities. Each is clearly described, and there’s no need to commute to a gym to do this vitally important work.


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