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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!

What Is Interval Training?

Interval Training is the fitness world’s answer to boredom and quick results. The idea is to do short bursts of the same activity and then rest for another short period of time. This increases heart-rate quickly and then allows for a short recovery period. This method has become popular because it really works, and because the quick exercise variations keep the mind engaged. This type of exercise is most often called HIIT which stands for High Intensity Interval Training. The intensity can be changed to fit any level of fitness.

The Eyes-Free Fitness® Interval Training Level One was designed to introduce this method to beginners. The intervals are 50 seconds with 10 seconds rest between intervals. Each activity is different. Often in an interval workout there are 5 to 10 exercises that are repeated several times. We decided to make all the exercises different. There are a couple of warmup intervals and then it moves into the exercises that enhance strength, coordination, balance, and stamina. This program is not a high impact program. It is easy on the joints and there is no getting down on the floor. It is possible to make it a  “higher intensity” workout by moving faster or by putting more energy into each movement. This one is designed to be adjusted for your fitness level.

Interval Training Level One is a little different from our other programs. We wanted to introduce moves that build coordination which meant that more verbal cues were needed to fully understand each exercise. I didn’t want the actual program to get monotonous over time, so we made two parts. The learning section is called Learn The Moves. It takes you through each movement with words and music. Even though this file is meant for practice and learning, some of our customers are using it as their actual workout until they get the hang of it. This is one long file. We also broke it up into smaller files, with one description per file, so you can access it in the way that works best for your needs. As always, there is a text file included.

We also created the actual workout which has very minimal cues. This may take a little getting used to if you are familiar with our other workouts. If you go through the Learn The Moves section a few times, you won’t need that file anymore. You will be able to run through the workout without so many words that are no longer useful.

Now that we have the Eyes-Free Fitness® app, you have another choice for purchasing the workouts. Everything you need is on the website or in the app. You can decide which platform works best for you. My goal is to make fitness as accessible as I possibly can, for as many people as I can.

Here is a direct link to the app in iTunes. If you are searching for the app it is best to use the word BlindAlive with no space.

This is a complete workout and it only takes about 30 minutes start to finish. If you have questions or need help ordering, you can contact us using the form on our website.

Good health to you,
Mel

 

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