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!

Stress Relief with Feet

One of the benefits of joining our Eyes-Free-Fitness List is gaining from the wisdom of others. One of our members, Mary Ward, shared her thoughts on the benefits of living with animals. At present, I do not have a dog in my life, and feel that absence keenly. However, as I read Mary's post, I did not experience that emotion, but a sense of peace. If you do have animals in your life, I hope you will appreciate her words. If you do not have a feathered or furry creature, be open to the possibility of spending time with animals at a shelter or the homes of friends.
Here are Mary's thoughts on this often overlooked key to good health:

I wanted to bring up a stress reliever that has been helpful to me.  That is living with an animal.  I know that many users have dog guides, and I had one in the past.  But my husband and I have also done some work as foster family for a Labrador retriever rescue group.  We had a dog who was named Lula for a few weeks.  She was a lovely dog, big for a female lab, very low key and gentle.  No jumping on you, no silliness.  She was a reserved dog, and I was not sure I would warm up to her, but in just a few days, I was praising her to anyone who would listen for her reserved but gentle spirit.  She found a good home last week.  It was sad to see her go, and I cried some, but I was also glad that we could do this small service for her.  It beat the other way of losing a dog hands down.  Having Lula also helped me recover from the grief of losing our last dog, who died of cancer of the mouth in the fall.  

Living with an animal can help relieve stress.  Animals love unconditionally, and they always seem to forgive your infractions, like the times you were not fair to them or over-punished them for a small misdeed.  Brushing a dog is a soothing activity, at least it was with Lula, who always stayed still for the whole thing and waited for me to tell her how pretty she looked.  

I read a couple weeks ago that people who have dogs often have lower blood pressure than those without them, and the same could be true of cat lovers.  It is so wonderful to just sit with a cat and purr together, forgetting world affairs, problems at work, the tv, the phone, and social media.  Animals can also help people with cognitive problems in their socialization, whether they be kids with disabilities, seniors with dementia, or just stressed out, overworked people.

I hope everyone here on this list who loves animals has one in their life, at least a part-time one to visit.  Loving and caring for an animal can help with stress and sense of well-being.

Perhaps the same is true of those who care for plants.


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