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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!

Flirting with Balance

Hi Friends of BlindAlive,

I am pleased to announce that the second program in the Balance Series is ready for you! This week we released Flirting With Balance, the second in the three part program for improving your balance. This one brings you into your body, and then teaches you how to play. Improving your balance doesn’t need to be such serious business. We can laugh as we entice our bodies to learn to be steady on our own two feet.

I begin Flirting With Balance by helping you find your foundation posture. You might want to read my blog post: Seven Tips for Better Posture in Just One Minute a Day, which will teach you all about perfect posture. Everything we do can be better if we are firm in our foundation.

Then, we move into specific exercises that will challenge your stability. All of the exercises are done either holding on to, or standing near a stable object like a sturdy chair, kitchen counter, or solid piece of furniture. The idea is to learn the exercise and then play around by changing your hand holds or positions. Over time, your awareness increases as you become steadier.

This program is designed to teach you the exercises so you take them into your day. You might want to do one while your dog is eating breakfast or your coffee is perking. The kitchen counter makes a great support. It seems like I am always waiting for something to happen while I am in the kitchen. There is no need to waste that time when you can be looking like a crazy person instead. Big grin. It’s all about having fun as you improve yourself.

You can find this new program along with Strengthen For Balance, the first of the series in our Balance and Stretch programs. It is a good idea to get started with this one now so you can graduate to the last of the series. I’ll let you know when it is hot off the presses.

I talk more about balance in Podcast 76. You can listen to The Eyes-Free Fitness® Podcast on our website, or you can listen on your digital talking book player or nearly any podcatching software out there. Just search for either BlindAlive or Eyes-Free Fitness.

The Balance and Stretch programs, as well as all our other offerings, can be found at our website.

Good balance to you,
Mel

 

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