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!

A Dog’s Tale

Hi, my name is Dandy, and you have no idea how much work it was to get some space to share my thoughts with you. So what if I’m a dog; I still have important stuff to say! I finally convinced Lisa that I had something worth saying, so she’s helping me get it written down. After all, typing with paws is hard work.

When it starts getting cold outside, I notice some funny things happen now and then. I get fed all kinds of interesting stuff I don’t get the rest of the year. The first thing that happens is that The people I live with give me some sweet things to eat. “After all,” they say, “Dogs should have some fun at Halloween,” whatever that means. Lisa says this is a very bad idea, but I like the sweet things, so I eat them.

Then, after not too many sleeps, there’s a big food day. I have no idea why – I must just be a really good dog. In any case, the humans give me all kinds of things to eat I don’t have the rest of the year. And the best part is that each one wants a turn giving me special treats, so they sneak most of it to me.

There’s one thing I really don’t understand though. A couple hours after all the special things, my tummy is really upset. I leave presents on the carpet that make the people mad, and I don’t feel like such a good dog anymore.

Even though she’s not much fun, Lisa has plenty to say on the subject. She says that, for example, the first big food day is called Thanksgiving, and my people want to give me treats because they’re thankful I’m around. But they overdo it, and then I don’t feel good. I wonder why they don’t snuggle with me, or throw the ball, or take me for a walk. It’s not that I don’t like the treats, because I really do, but feeling like a sick, not very good dog, isn’t much fun.

Funny thing is though, it turns out I have lots of company. Lots of people treat their stomachs like a dog. They’re thankful for stuff, so they feed it all kinds of treats, and then they don’t feel very good either. It makes me wonder if a little more snuggle time, a walk, or some throwing the ball might do us all some good. After all, a human stomach is kind of like your average dog. We’re not going to feel better, just knowing it’s a big food day. Maybe a little less food and a little more fun might make a difference. Not a lot less food! After all, I’m a dog, and human stomachs like good things too, but maybe just a little bit less would make the difference.

I guess the big food days are over forty sleeps away, but maybe thinking about things early will help. If I could have enough of the good things so I didn’t overdo it and have that bad dog feeling – I think that would be just about perfect!

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